Heart Walk

9 Oct

Today, Newport News Park hosted the American Heart Association “Heart Walk”. Festivities began at 9 a.m. and the walk started at 10 a.m.

The Association’s goal is “to improve the heart health of Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent. They seek to prevent heart disease and stroke, most notably by helping people identify and adopt healthier lifestyle choices” (http://www.startheartwalk.org).

The event was free to the public, yet many organizations, companies and teams who participated raised money as a fundraiser.

The funds raised in Start! Heart Walk will support projects like these:

  • Putting up-to-the-minute research into doctors’ hands so they can better prevent and treat heart disease among patients,
  • Groundbreaking pediatric heart and stroke research. About 36,000 babies are born with heart defects each year —research is the key to saving babies’ lives, and
  • Getting life-saving information to those who need it most – information that can save a life, like how to eat better, how to recognize the warning signs of heart attack, and how to talk to a doctor about critical health choices. (http://www.startheartwalk.org)
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    WVEC Channel 13 News anchor and reporter and three-time Emmy award-winning journalist, Janet Roach and Z104 radio host, Anna hosted the event. Many from the community were in attendance, and so was Hampton University. All of HU’s athletic teams were present, the pharmacy school, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the Greer Dawson Wilson Student Leadership program.

    Junior, nursing major from Upper Marlboro, Maryland Kristian Thornton said the walk was very special and important.

    “It felt good knowing that people had support by others around them, Thornton said. “You never really know how you can affect someone’s life.”

    The walk lasted about one hour and festivities ended at noon. For more information please visit http://www.startheartwalk.org/ and also scroll down for more photos.

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