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Register Now to Take Strides Against Heart Disease and Stroke at 2013 Berks Valley Heart Walk


By Submitted by The American Heart Association

Thursday, August 22, 2013

In just two months, hundreds of individuals from throughout Berks County and beyond will gather to take strides against the community’s number one and number four killers, heart disease and stroke, at the 2013 Berks County Heart Walk. The annual walk to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke prevention and raise funds for the American Heart Association will take place Sunday, October 20 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Blue Marsh Lake in Leesport.
Each year, families, friends and co-workers form walking teams to raise funds and participate in the Heart Walk. Many teams walk in honor of a loved one affected by heart disease or stroke or to simply get some exercise with a group of friends for a good cause. Individuals or teams interested in participating in the 2013 Berks County Heart Walk can register their team and walkers at www.heart.org/lehighberkswalk. The website provides walkers with more information and tools to help them ask for and track donations.
The Heart Walk is a family and pet-friendly event featuring vendors, health information, team photos, kids’ activities and more. The fundraising goal for the 2013 Berks County Heart Walk is $60,000. Walkers who raise a minimum of $100 will receive a Heart Walk t-shirt and the opportunity to receive additional prizes based on their fundraising levels.
Dollars raised by the American Heart Association through events like the Heart Walk fund cardiovascular disease research, as well as public and professional programs and advocacy. The American Heart Association’s 2020 Impact Goal is to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent by the year 2020.
For more information about the 2013 Berks County Heart Walk, visit www.heart.org/lehighberkswalk or contact Kathleen Bittner at kathleen.bittner@heart.org or 614-396-3503.
About Heart Walk
Each day, nearly 2,300 Americans die from a cardiovascular disease, an average of one death every 38 seconds. A leading risk factor for heart attack and stroke is lack of physical activity. Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s signature fundraising event, promoting physical activity and heart healthy living in a fun family environment. By promoting a healthy culture, everyone can walk towards a healthier lifestyle and fight the greatest health threat to the United States.
About the American Heart Association
Founded in 1924, we are the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. To help prevent, treat and defeat these diseases — America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers — we fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. For more information about the American Heart Association, visit www.heart.org.