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:
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.