Three thousand Central Kentucky residents are expected to show their
support of the American Heart Association, and take strides to improve their health on Saturday, April 21, when they participate in the Central Kentucky Heart Walk.
The annual event, which aims to raise $440,000 this year to fight heart disease and stroke, America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers, begins at 9 a.m. at Commonwealth Stadium.
The non-competitive, 1- to 3-mile walk includes teams of employees from local companies, along with friends, family members and survivors of all ages.
High community participation and engaged fundraising efforts make the Central Kentucky Heart Walk the largest non-profit event in Lexington.
Activities will be available, including a kid’s zone with arts and crafts, games, music, and a survivor memorial. Throughout the day, heart healthy snacks and information will be available.
The Central Kentucky Heart Walk is a component of the My Heart. My Life. behavior platform, the American Heart Association’s groundbreaking national movement that calls on all Americans to create and embrace an overall healthier lifestyle in order to improve cardiovascular health.
This new platform is an important component of the American Heart Association’s sweeping national goal: to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent and to reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20 percent by the year 2020.
Nearly 70 percent of Americans do not engage in regular physical activity. This inactivity doubles the risk of heart disease – our nation’s No. 1 killer, which is largely preventable through a healthy lifestyle. The Central Kentucky Heart Walk provides an opportunity for every participant and team to put the mission of the American Heart Association and the My Heart. My Life. program into action.
The Central Kentucky Heart Walk and the My Heart. My Life. healthy behavior platform is nationally sponsored by SUBWAY® and Jenny Craig®, and locally supported by WKYT and the Lexington Herald-Leader.
For information on participating in the Central Kentucky Heart Walk, call the American Heart Association at 859-977-4614 or visit www.heart.org/CentralKYWalk.