Hundreds of heart disease and stroke survivors will help lead thousands of participants at the American Heart Association’s 20th annual Central Valley Heart Walk and Lawyers Have Heart Run on Saturday, September 22 at Sierra Vista Mall in Clovis.
The annual Heart Walk is the largest local event for the association and is expected to draw over 1000 walkers while raising nearly $200,000. Funds raised from the event will go toward the American Heart Association’s overall goal to help fund research and find better ways to treat and prevent cardiovascular disease and stroke.
“We are so proud to be celebrating the Central Valley Heart Walk’s 20th anniversary and are so incredibly thankful for all of the support from the local community over the years,” said Gina Estrada, chair of the 2012 Heart Walk. “The Heart Walk is all about promoting walking as an easy way for individuals and families to get out and get active so that they can lower their risk of heart disease and stroke while raising funds to support heart health right here in the Central Valley.”
The non-competitive 5K and two-mile walk will feature teams of employees from local companies along with friends and family members of all ages. Heart disease and stroke survivors will receive special survivor caps to distinguish them from the rest of the pack.
The 5k run will kick off at 8 a.m., followed by the walk at 9:30 a.m. Participants are invited to stick around and peruse the health expo where they will find Subway sandwiches, healthy snack samples, a kids zone with fun activities for kids and other wellness booths and activities.
According to the American Heart Association, walking is the simplest positive change individuals can make to effectively improve their heart health because it’s free, easy and has the lowest dropout rate of any exercise. Research has shown walking is the single most effective form of exercise to achieve heart health. The benefits of walking and moderate physical activity for as little as 30 minutes each day can help reduce the risk of heart disease – the number one killer of Americans.
“We want people to know that it is never too late to start down a healthier path,” said Estrada. “This is a great opportunities for families, friends and coworkers to come together and understand that small changes can have big impacts.
“Our hope is that the Heart Walk will help jump start a culture of healthy living among participants and increase passion for supporting the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association.”
Registration for the Central Valley Heart Walk and Lawyers Have Heart Run is free.
For information on participating or to make a donation, visit www.centralvalleyheartwalk.org or call (559) 435-5246.
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases.
To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit www.heart.org or call any of our offices around the country.