Stay home, stay active for heart health during COVID-19 outbreak

Finding a healthy way to reduce stress is key for many of us right now.Under Gov. Janet Mills’ order, Mainers can still get out and walk as long as you keep physical distance.Tom Hatch says working at Maine Medical Center, a normal day for him is stressful. But he’s found a way to manage that has saved his life.Hatch is a heart survivor who says walking and moving every day has changed and possibly saved his life. He says walking for 20 minutes, a half hour or even less makes a big difference.Dr. Doug Sawyer is a cardiologist with Maine Medical Center and says walking can lower your blood pressure, your cholesterol, help you sleep better and the big one right now: reduce stress. In line with proper social distancing, make sure you keep at least six feet apart from other people.

Finding a healthy way to reduce stress is key for many of us right now.

Under Gov. Janet Mills’ order, Mainers can still get out and walk as long as you keep physical distance.

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Tom Hatch says working at Maine Medical Center, a normal day for him is stressful. But he’s found a way to manage that has saved his life.

Hatch is a heart survivor who says walking and moving every day has changed and possibly saved his life.

He says walking for 20 minutes, a half hour or even less makes a big difference.

Dr. Doug Sawyer is a cardiologist with Maine Medical Center and says walking can lower your blood pressure, your cholesterol, help you sleep better and the big one right now: reduce stress.

In line with proper social distancing, make sure you keep at least six feet apart from other people.