Thursday, September 20, 2012

22nd Annual Sacramento Heart Walk This Saturday

Thousands across the Sacramento Region will walk for heart health and stroke awareness this Saturday, September 22nd.

WHAT: Sacramento Community Heart Walk

WHEN: Saturday, September 22, 8 a.m. – 12 noon
-8 a.m.:  Registration
-8:30 a.m.: Brief program and warm-up
-9 a.m.: Heart Walk – 5k and 1 Mile Route
-8 a.m. – noon  Visit the festival booths including blood pressure screenings, CPR Training, survivor tent, fitness area, kids activities and more!

William Land Park (Freeport and Sutterville), Sacramento
-Thousands of walkers supporting the fight against heart disease and stroke
-Heart disease and stroke survivors of all ages wearing red shirts and caps
-5k Walk/Run and 1 mile survivor route, 9 a.m.
-Lifestyle Change Awards
-Kids Zone with fun activities for children
-Health Fair
-Musical entertainment
-Event highlights: Wellness booths, healthy snack samples, kids zone, Subway sandwiches, hands-only CPR -Training, children’s balloon release in honor of loved one

-Heart disease and stroke survivors of all ages
-Ordinary people making extraordinary lifestyle changes for better health
-Over 5,000 walkers from Sacramento

The American Heart Association aims to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20 percent by the year 2020. The Heart Walk brings communities together to help achieve this goal. Lack of physical activity is one of the leading contributors of heart disease and stroke. Walking is a step toward better health! Why Walking?  Because walking is free, easy, and has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity.  It’s the simplest positive change individuals can make to effectively improve their heart health.

Research has shown that the benefits of walking and physical activity for only 30 minutes a day include:
• Reduced risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
• Lower blood pressure
• Reduction of high cholesterol and improved blood lipid profile
• Reduced body fat
• Enhanced mental well being
• Increased bone density, which helps to prevent osteoporosis
• Reduced risk of cancer
• Reduced risk of non-insulin-dependent diabetes
• Lots and lots of fun!

About the American Heart Association:
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. They team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit or call any of  their offices around the country.

The Heart Walk is sponsored nationally by Subway and Jenny Craig. The local premiere Heart Walk sponsors are Mercy Heart and Vascular Institute: a member of Dignity Health, Blue Diamond Growers, Western Health Advantage and Kaiser Permanente.

For more information visit or call 916-446-6505.

Blog Post information and picture courtesy of American Heart Association.

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