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DALLAS (January 7th) - Just in time to help you keep your New Year's resolution, the American Heart Association has created an online community of virtual walking buddies, or "sole-mates".
The MyStart! Online Community encourages walkers to connect with others - whether from the neighborhood or on the other side of the country - to stay on track with a walking program.
"For some time, research has indicated that individuals are far more likely to stick with an exercise regimen if someone else is counting on them," said Timothy Gardner, M.D., president of the American Heart Association, alluding to a recent survey that revealed American adults are 76 percent more likely to walk if someone else is counting on them.