February Freeze 5k raises heart rates and heart awareness

RAPID CITY, S.D.- The February Freeze 5k, held under the sun on a warm day at Old Storybook Island, took off before the true freeze starts.

February Freeze 5kThe past week was National Cardiac Rehab Week, so money from shirt sales goes back into Monument Health’s Cardiac Rehab Fund.

Dozens of runners and walkers gathered to raise awareness for heart disease and spread encouragement to seek cardiac rehabilitation.

“It’s an encouragement of healthy lifestyle as well as doing lifestyle modifications, and then just getting the overall activity in the day,” explains Cody Murray, Exercise Physiologist at Monument Health. “We’re looking usually at 150 to 300 minutes per week of exercise to see benefits with the heart.”

Murray adds that prevention is key with heart disease, adding that it’s never too late to start taking steps, or jogs, in the right directions, physically and diet-wise.

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