Walk to help your heart and the heart’s of others in this year’s American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Heart & Stroke Walk.
Beginning Saturday, September 17 at 8 a.m., the event features a 5K walk, a fun run, the “Little Hearts Lane” kid’s zone, free health screenings, entertainment and food. With more than 5,000 participants on average, the Heart and Stroke Walk’s most popular event, the 5K walk, begins at 9:15 a.m. Special events for survivors include a Miracle Mile survivor route and special swag.
Last year, more than a million walkers across the country raised over $110 million to help fund research and education in cardiovascular health. Over $303,100 has been donated in Utah alone in 2016, but they still need help reaching their goal of $350,000.
Cardiovascular disease and stroke are Utah’s number one and number four killers. The American Heart Association reports that someone dies from cardiovascular disease every 39 seconds. This fundraising event was created to help participants achieve personal health, while also contributing to the stronger lives of community members.
The largest voluntary health organization dedicated to defeating disease and stroke, The American Heart Association has contributed to many medical innovations such as CPR, pacemakers and bypass surgery. Funds raised at the annual event helps in producing improved heart-saving technologies.
The walk begins at Sugar House Park located at 1400 E 2100 S, Salt Lake City. For more information on the event, visit http://heartwalkutah.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1151213.
— Brieanna Olds