American Heart Association’s 24th San Diego Heart and Stroke Walk is Sept. 19

Walkers at the 2014 Heart & Stroke Walk. This year’s walk is Sept. 19 in Balboa Park. Courtesy photo

Recently, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy issued a call to action to promote walking. “Walking is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to build physical activity into your life. You don’t need a fancy gym membership or a set of skills. It’s something all of us can do,” he explained.

An average of 22 minutes of daily moderate physical activity — roughly about 2 1/2 hours a week — could significantly reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Regular physical activity also can reduce symptoms of depression and mental illness.

The American Heart Association encourages the public to join them, along with almost 9,000 other San Diegans, on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the 24th Annual American Heart Association Heart & Stroke Walk to learn more about the health benefits of walking and to get started down the path toward a healthier heart.

The Heart and Stroke Walk, in Balboa Park, inspires participants to embrace a renewed commitment to heart-healthy living through walking and other healthy habits. The American Heart Association is focused on getting San Diegans up and moving, while hoping to raise more than $1 million to invest in research to discover new ways to treat and prevent cardiovascular disease and stroke.

The non-competitive 4.1 mile route features teams of employees from local companies as well as community teams. Friends and family members of all ages are invited to join. Heart disease and stroke survivors will receive special survivor caps to distinguish them from the rest of the pack. There will also be a special one-mile course for survivors.

Participants are invited to stick around for the Expo to enjoy Subway sandwiches, healthy snack samples, entertainment and other wellness booths and activities, including free health screenings provided by UC San Diego Health.

The San Diego Heart and Stroke Walk is part of San Diego’s “My Heart. My Life.” campaign and is presented locally by Union Bank and nationally by Subway.

“Our goal is to share lifesaving heart and brain-health information and to increase awareness of the health benefits of walking,” explained Union Bank Managing Director Anthony Perez.

For more information and to register for the Heart Walk, visit www.SDHeartWalk.org or via phone at 858-410-3849.


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