On Saturday August 29th, hundreds of people will come together in Sioux Falls, walk, and raise thousands of dollars for the American Heart Association during their Start! Heart Walk. We hit the links with a Retired Monsignor who says walks as much as he can, preferably at the golf course.
Retired Monsignor James Androschko (Holy Spirit Parish) loves the game of golf. He especially loves the beauty and difficulty of Willow Run. His golf partner for this round is newly ordained Father Shawn Haggerty. The Father heard right off the bat, if you are going to be golfing with the Monsignor be ready to go fast. The Monsignor didn't disappoint.
Monsignor Androschko was forced to slow down in 2005 when chest pains brought him in the Avera Heart Hospital. Cardiologists discovered 3 blocked coronary arteries. He had open heart surgery, a triple bypass followed by months of rehab. Four years later he is back on course doing what he loves.
Monsignor Androschko says, "I like to walk as often as I can. In the winter time, when I'm in Sioux Falls, I have one of those treadmills. Oh, I walk about 25 minutes on it. That's long enough for me. It's boring. Golf is never boring."
The Monsignor likes to have a golf partner so that person can drive the cart. Before surgery he would walk and pull his clubs, but now he likes to keep them in the cart. He walks a hole, rides a hole and by the time 18 holes is over he's walked 9 holes of golf.
The Monsignor says, "I watch what I eat. I don't eat a lot of read meat, but I do like a good steak now and then and I make a good one."
He says he also watches his sodium and sugar intake and has a clean air filter running in his house.
Research shows 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a day, like walking, can reduce your risk of coronary disease, improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels, help maintain body weight, lower your risk of obesity and reduce the risk of osteoporosis, breast and colon cancer and type 2 diabetes. it's safe, easy on the body, and improves enthusiasm and optimism.
The Monsignor says after a shot through the trees, "Oh, never underestimate the power of prayer when the ball's in flight."
And never under estimate the power of prayer.
The Heart Walk in Sioux Falls is Saturday (August 29, 2009) 9:00 a.m. starting at Sertoma Park. You can pre-register ahead of time or sign up the day of the walk.