The American Heart Association has been working with local businesses and individuals to identify Start! Walking Paths in communities across the country. This week, Parkview Field was named an official Start! Walking Path by the American Heart Association.

Parkview Field offers Fort Wayne residents and downtown workers an easy option for adding walking to their day. The concourse is open year round to walkers every day from 7 a.m. to dusk. There is no admission cost. Restrooms are also available. Beginning Memorial Day through Labor Day, Parkview Field will also offer a lunch cart with healthy options at minimal prices. One lap around the concourse is one-third of a mile.

The Parkview Field walking path will be used on April 7 for the National Start! Walking Day community walk which will take place at 11:30 a.m. Jay Gilbert, President & CEO of PHP, and Chad Carpenter, COO of the Parkview Heart Institute, will kick off the walk, along with representatives of the American Heart Association.

At the completion of the walk, participants will receive a Start! goodie bag.

Start! Walking paths offer a great opportunity for Fort Wayne residents to use when it’s time for a walk. You can search the American Heart Association’s website at to find Start! Walking Paths in your area. Parkview Field is one of hundreds of Start! Walking Paths designated across the country today. For a list of paths nationwide or to map a custom walking route in your neighborhood, visit

“PHP is honored to be a part of such an energizing and much needed initiative like Start!,” said Jay Gilbert, President & CEO of PHP. “It’s exciting to see our community work together to make positive strides to improve the health of our residents.”

In January 2010, the American Heart Association defined the seven key factors to ideal cardiovascular health. Physical activity is one of those factors, but only 15 percent of American adults achieve the association's recommended levels of moderate aerobic exercise (150 or more minutes per week). The Start! initiative encourages all Americans to get started on a regular walking program as a way to achieve their physical activity goals and to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease by as much as 30 percent.

"We want to make healthy lifestyle choices a top priority in the communities we serve," said Sue Ehinger, chief operating officer, Parkview Hospital. "Educating the public is an important part of the Start! initiative. We encourage people to find an exercise routine, such as walking 30 minutes a day. It can make a positive difference in improving cardiovascular health."

Start! is sponsored nationally by SUBWAY® Restaurants and locally by PHP and Parkview Health. For more information, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or 260.437.9034 or visit

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wendyking says ... on Tuesday, Apr 6 at 9:18 PM

Absolutely! Anyone can join us for National Start! Walking Day tomorrow or walk the concourse any day! Sorry if we made it sound otherwise!

Jim says ... on Wednesday, Mar 31 at 11:38 AM

Joan, anyone can walk at Parkview Field. The article references Fort Wayne residents and downtown workers, only because that is the logical group of people who will be doing so. Probably not many people drive in from the surrounding areas to do so!

joan says ... on Tuesday, Mar 30 at 6:21 PM

Great article...great idea. But could you address this concern? It sounds as if use of the concourse for walking is restricted to persons living in Ft Wayne. Are we from the surrounding areas welcome too?

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