American Indian and Alaska Native People
Keepers of Wisdom To
Be active for your heart!
Strength, wisdom, and good health are American Indian birthrights. Our elders taught us many healthy ways that were practiced for many generations. Over time, some healthy traditions have been traded for unhealthy ways that increase the chances of getting some diseases.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for American Indians and Alaska Natives today. We can do something to prevent heart disease. Being active is one way to keep a healthy heart.
Being active has always been part of our daily life. We hunt animals, play games, dance, run, swim, and ride bikes. Let us keep these healthy ways. At work or at home--give your heart a workout!
Brisk walking can help everyone both young and old. Take a brisk walk for at least 30 minutes each day, alone or with your family. Start slowly and build up as you go along by walking longer and farther. Walking is an easy way to stay active.
Staying active is one of the best things we can do for our hearts. Being active helps you:
Enjoy being active--it's part of our healthy traditions!
Indian Health Service