Walk in­creases aware­ness for heart dis­ease step-by-step

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Take steps to raise aware­ness and funds for heart dis­ease. The Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion will host “Palm Beach HeartWalk” Sept. 28 at the Meyer Am­phithe­atre in down­townWest Palm Beach.

The event will be­gin with on-site ac­tiv­i­ties and a stage pre­sen­ta­tion at 8 a.m., with the walk be­gin­ning at 9 a.m.

More than 15,000 par­tic­i­pants are ex­pected to at­tend the non-com­pet­i­tive 5K event in­clud­ing teams of cor­po­rate spon­sors, lo­cal busi­nesses, friends and fam­ily.

The event will in­clude a sur­vivor’s area, where peo­ple who have suf­fered from a form of heart dis­ease and stroke can cel­e­brate and in­ter­act with other sur­vivors. It will in­clude a me­mo­rial/trib­ute wall, trib­ute stick­ers and walk torches that can be pur­chased for $10.

For younger par­tic­i­pants, there will be a kids’ zone fea­tur­ing bounce houses and heart-healthy snacks.

The “HeartWalk” is the sig­na­ture event of the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion’s “My Heart. My Life” healthy-liv­ing ini­tia­tive. Drew Levine, pres­i­dent of G4S Se­cure So­lu­tions North Amer­ica, is the chair­man of this year’s walk. Palm Beach County Sher­iff Ric Brad­shaw is the “Heart Walk” hon­orary co-chair­man.

“It is an honor to take on this chair­man­ship role with the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion,” Levine said. “We are com­mit­ted to rais­ing donor dollars to im­pact the qual­ity and longevity of lives, while also ed­u­cat­ing the com­mu­nity through a va­ri­ety of fun, sim­ple pro­grams fo­cused on bet­ter eat­ing and more ex­er­cise. This way we fo­cus on the pos­i­tives and a richer, more en­joy­able life.”

Sub­way and Jenny Craig are the national pre­sent­ing spon­sors of the “HeartWalk.” Lo­cal spon­sors in­clude: Bethesda Health; Caler, Don­ten, Levine, Co­hen, Porter & Veil P.A.; Florida Crys­tals Corp.; G4S; Gor­don& Doner P.A.; Re­gions Bank; andWelling­ton Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

Heart dis­ease and stroke re­main the No. 1andNo. 4 killers, re­spec­tively, of Amer­i­can men and women.

For­more in­for­ma­tion, call 561-697-6617 or visit www.palm­beach­heart­walk.org.

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