Lafayette

Nov 11, 2013 5:28 PM by PRESS RELEASE

Heart Walk to Save Lives

More than 3,000 Acadiana area residents are expected to join the Heart Walk on November 23rd to raise funds to fight heart disease and stroke, America's No. 1 and No. 4 killers. The annual event begins at 7:30 am at Martin Hall Circle located on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus.

The non-competitive, three-mile walk includes teams of employees from local companies, along with friends and family members of all ages.

"For every hour of brisk walking, life expectancy may increase for some adults by two hours," said Laura Broussard. "That's a ‘healthy' return on investment, and one that we hope will inspire participants to take up walking regularly using American Heart Association Walking Paths and Walking Clubs."

Heart Walk participants will experience three "communities" that feature relevant resources and activities.

The "My Heart" community will:
• Foster hope by bringing together people with similar experiences, sorrows and fears.
• Allow people to acknowledge their losses and pay tribute to loved ones.
• Provide an opportunity to honor survivors and individuals whose family and friends have been impacted by heart disease and stroke.
• Give survivors hope that they can influence their own and their loved ones' destinies by connecting risk factors to a personal loss.

The "My Life" community will:
• Inspire participants to make changes in their daily behavior that reduce risk for heart disease and stroke, such as increasing physical activity and making heart-healthy choices a part of daily life.
• Inspire participants to make a long-term commitment in the fight against heart disease and stroke by volunteering for the American Heart Association.

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