HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Support the fight against heart disease by joining the Huntsville Heart Walk on Saturday, May 15. It's a "Walk Where You Are Event", so you can participate wherever you are most comfortable.
You can walk where you are, when you want, or enjoy three different routes around Huntsville. The non-competitive walk is open to everyone, including local companies, families, individuals, and community groups.
Our very own, Mo Carter will emcee the Huntsville Heart Walk!
Why is the Huntsville Heart Walk important?
The Huntsville Heart Walk supports the American Heart Association and its ongoing fight against heart disease.
According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease occurs every 39 seconds and is the No. 1 killer of all Americans. Heart disease also kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. And congenital cardiovascular defects are the most common cause of infant death from birth defects. When you join Heart Walk, you join more than a million people in 300+ cities across America in taking a stand against heart disease and helping save lives.
The funds you raise will support projects like:
- 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 that is key to saving babies’ lives. Providing life-saving 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.
Organizers also say it's important for people to be aware of their blood pressure. "Forty-six percent of people here in Madison County alone, have high blood pressure, and so we aim at the American Heart Association to get that number lowered; and the best way to do that is to encourage people to self monitor their blood pressure, and to know their number, and to talk to their doctor about them," says Huntsville Heart Walk Director, Stephanie Cline.
Are you a heart disease survivor, or a caregiver for someone with heart disease?
A survivor is anyone who has survived a stroke or any form of heart disease, like heart attack, cardiac arrest, heart failure, an irregular heartbeat, heart valve problems or congenital heart defects. Survivors of all ages play a special role in the Heart Walk. Wear your commemorative red or white ball cap, you’ll be celebrated along with other survivors.
How can I participate in the Huntsville Heart Walk?
Registration is easy, and while walkers are encouraged to fundraise, there is no minimum amount you're required to raise. There's no registration fee, although personal donations are accepted.
You can join others on walk routes in Huntsville or walk where you are (or wherever you feel comfortable).
Walking with kids? Here's a Scavenger Hunt to make the walk even better!
Click here to register or donate for the Huntsville Heart Walk and the American Heart Association.