Chesapeake, VA July 23, 2021 — The American Heart Association (AHA), the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, installed a walking path for the residents of public housing community, MacDonald Manor in Chesapeake, Virginia. According to the AHA, for every hour of brisk walking, life expectancy for some people may increase by two hours.
The MacDonald Manor walking path locally sponsored by Chesapeake Regional Healthcare, debuted with a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring Reese Jackson, the CEO of Chesapeake Regional Healthcare, representatives from Chesapeake Redevelopment Housing and Authority and residents.
Eliminating the barriers to health equity such as social determinants of health, structural racism, and threats to rural health, is high priority for the American Heart Association.
“We have a special connection to the MacDonald Manor community, so the installation of this walking path is unique and sentimental. We want this path to promote exercise and living a heart healthy life”, Reese Jackson, CEO of Chesapeake Regional Healthcare expressed.
Residents received heart healthy fact cards as well as fresh fruits and small giveaways to celebrate the occasion. Walking four laps around the path is equivalent to walking one mile, and along the way, walkers receive positive messaging as well as encouraging reminders to move more.
In addition to celebrating the installation of the MacDonald Manor walking path, the American Heart Association Hampton Roads is providing the community with options for the upcoming Heart Walk. The Southside Heart Walk will take place on Saturday, October 30, 2021, and the Peninsula Heart Walk will take place Saturday, November 13, 2021. To register, visit heart.org/hamptonroads.