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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 www.heart.org/PittsburghWalk. 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 David.Robbins@heart.org. For information on heart and brain health, visit www.heart.org.


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 heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


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Karen Colbert: 412.475.4928 (mobile);karen.colbert@heart.org

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Four Pittsburgh companies make bold commitments to heart and brain health.

PITTSBURGH, June 10, 2022 — On the ninety-eighth anniversary of the founding of the American Heart Association, Pittsburgh companies are making bold commitments to stand with the Association as it drives toward its 2024 Impact Goal which is focused on improving cardiovascular health for all while identifying and removing barriers to health care access and quality.

“As champions for health equity, the American Heart Association believes that everyone everywhere deserves the opportunity to live a full and healthy life,” said Kenyokee Crowell, senior vice president, Clinical Services, Highmark Health and AHA Greater Pittsburgh board chair. “Although we have made tremendous progress in fighting heart disease and stroke in our community, our work is far from complete. The American Heart Association Founders Day provides a great reminder that we must continue the fight, so every single person in our community has access to the resources they need to be healthy.”

The American Heart Association, the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke, was founded in 1924 by six cardiologists, and  the distinguished achievements of the organization over nearly one hundred years are the result of the passion of more than 40 million volunteers, supporters and employees who together have raised – and funded — more than $4.8 billion in research.

For nearly a century, the American Heart Association, has saved and improved lives, pioneered scientific discovery and advocated for healthy public policies in communities across the country. These bold moves have helped transform the nation’s overall health and significantly reduce heart disease and stroke death rates.

Reaching for bold goals is made possible because of like-minded organizations who share in the vision of better health for the Greater Pittsburgh region. Four Pittsburgh companies have pledged their support of donations of time, talent and funds through 2024. These companies are:

  • UPMC & UPMC Health Plan
  • FedEx Ground
  • Giant Eagle
  • Peoples Gas

”We are just getting started on the next chapter of our relentless work to end heart disease and stroke,” said Leeanna McKibben, MSN, RN, chief of staff, Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor, Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh and AHA Greater Pittsburgh board president. “We know that we can’t achieve our monumental goals alone and are grateful to the Greater Pittsburgh community for the passion and commitment they give to support the mission of the American Heart Association.”

Driving to achieve the 2024 Impact Goal, the American Heart Association will continue to lead breakthroughs in science and technology, improve health care and advocate for federal, state and local policies that drive healthier lifestyles.

To learn more about the American Heart Association visit, heart.org/FoundersDay or contact Karen Colbert for more information.


About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.orgFacebookTwitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.


For Media Inquiries:

Karen Colbert: 412.475.4928; karen.colbert@heart.org

For Public Inquiries: 1-800-AHA-USA1 (242-8721)

heart.org and stroke.org