LITTLE ROCK, AR (News release) - The annual Central Arkansas Heart Walk, a 5K non-competitive or 1 mile fun walk, is designed to bring public awareness to physical activity and a heart-healthy lifestyle, while raising the critical dollars needed to fund heart disease and stroke research and educational programs in the region. Teams are made up of employees from local companies, along with friends and family members of all ages. This year’s event is supported by more than 300 local teams that will help the American Heart Association reach the $375,000 goal.
The 2014 Central Arkansas Heart Walk is Saturday, April 26 at Burns Park in North Little Rock. Ceremonies begin at 9 a.m., and the Heart Walk at 9:30 a.m.
Before and after the walk, participants can again enjoy activities like a survivor gallery, video tribute area and health screenings, can get tips on nutrition, sign up to join American Heart Association advocacy efforts to enact heart-healthy legislation, and learn about Association initiatives like Jump Rope For Heart and Go Red For Women. The younger set can play in the Kids Zone, with a moonwalk, clown, mobile aquarium and other activities for kids.
Heart disease and stroke rank as the No. 1 and No. 4 killers of Americans. These and other cardiovascular diseases kill approximately 812,000 Americans each year and cost the nation nearly $444 billion in direct and indirect costs. In Arkansas, the cardiovascular disease death rate is the fifth highest in the United States; the stroke death rate is the highest.
Mortality numbers are decreasing, in part due to American Heart Association-funded research, which has contributed to important discoveries such as CPR, life-extending drugs, pacemakers and other implantable devices, and surgical techniques to repair heart defects.
Through events like the Central Arkansas Heart Walk, the American Heart Association funds cutting-edge research and educational programs to not only continue the decline in death rates, but improve the quality of life for all Americans.
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