Peoples president to chair Greater Pittsburgh Heart Walk

PITTSBURGH, PA — The American Heart Association (AHA), the largest voluntary health organization fighting heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases, announces Michael Huwar, president, Peoples division of Essential Utilities, as chair of the 2022 Greater Pittsburgh Heart Walk.

As chair, Huwar is leading the organizational and recruitment efforts in Greater Pittsburgh. He is calling on survivors, walkers, and business leaders to join in to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular disease and stroke, the leading cause of death in the United States.

“We all know someone affected by heart disease or stroke; by supporting the Greater Pittsburgh Heart Walk, we can raise funds to save lives and help improve the health of our region,” said Huwar.  “Peoples is proud to be a strong supporter of the American Heart Association and we are committed to helping advance this lifesaving mission.”

The Greater Pittsburgh Heart Walk will take place at Point State Park on Saturday, September 17, with registration and festivities starting at 8 a.m. followed by the Heart Walk at 10 a.m. The event will include music, a kid’s zone, a survivor wall, free health screenings and more.

The Greater Pittsburgh Heart Walk is a fun and meaningful way to celebrate heart and stroke survivors, raise lifesaving funds and encourage physical activity. Heart Walks across the nation are anticipated to be the largest ever as families and co-workers leverage the opportunity to re-connect and get outdoors in safe conditions. Over one million Americans are expected to take part in a Heart Walk between September and November throughout the country.

To join the 2022 Heart Walk movement, visit From there, participants can access the walk site suggestions, form teams, and customize their own Heart Walk web page. Registrants can also use the Heart Walk mobile app and encourage friends and family to join the fun. On the day of the Walk, participants are encouraged to post pictures and videos using #PghHeartWalk.

The Greater Pittsburgh Heart Walk is supported locally by individual walkers and teams from around our region and by UPMC, UPMC Health Plan, Peoples, Giant Eagle, and The Lindy Group.  Scroll here for a complete list of local sponsors.

For more information on sponsorship or to donate to the Pittsburgh Heart Walk contact For information on heart and brain health, visit


The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke –  the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


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