Let the crisp days of October, with the crimson-gold leaf canopy, crunching footfalls, and thoughts of choosing pumpkins and apple-picking inspire you to challenge your heart, lungs, and blood vessels. Cardiovascular health provides the basis for our overall health and enjoyment of outdoor activities.

Coronavirus and cardio: Heart and lung health affect your risk for severe illness if you get coronavirus disease.

Rayna Cooper is a registered dietitian and member of the Physical Fitness Task Force.

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