Thousands of Long Islanders are expected to join the American Heart Association’s Long Island Heart Walk on Sunday, September 15th to raise funds to fight heart disease and stroke, America’s No. 1 and No. 5 causes of death. The annual event begins at 8:30 a.m. at Jones Beach, Field 5 in Wantagh, NY.
The non-competitive, three-mile walk includes teams of employees from local companies, along with friends and family members of all ages.
“Participating in the Heart Walk can make an extraordinary impact in the community by investing funds in education and prevention programs, advocacy initiatives, and cutting-edge scientific research which will save lives” said John Burke, Managing Director & Head of Metro NY Commercial Banking, Citibank and Chairman of the 2019 Long Island Heart Walk. “I look forward to working with Executive Leaders across Long Island to help raise awareness and funds for the American Heart Association to continue its mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer and healthier lives”
80% of Cardiovascular Disease can be impacted by our own actions. To drive this message home our Heart Walk will highlight the pillars of our Healthy for Good mission – Eat smart. Add color. Move more. Be well, to help encourage our Heart Walkers to adopt healthier behaviors. Participants will enjoy an entirely new Heart Walk experience this year; mission focused activities will be the driving force for the day. As always, Families can enjoy some fun at the Voxx International Kid Zone for face painting, crafts and carnival games.
This year we are honored to have Ronnie Lanzillotta, born with a congenital heart defect to serve as the 2019 Long Island Heart Walk Red Cape Ambassador, hoping to raise awareness for congenital heart defects and provide hope for other families.
Research has shown walking is the single most effective form of exercise to achieve heart health. The benefits of walking and moderate physical activity for as little as 30 minutes each day can help reduce the risk of heart disease.
The annual success of the Long Island Heart Walk is due in part to our Life Is Why Sponsors: Bradley & Parker, Petro Home Services and South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, The Flagship Hospital of Mt. Sinai Health System. Local sponsors include NYU Winthrop Hospital, Voxx International, Geico, Catholic Health Services, JP Morgan Chase, CohnReznick, TD Bank, National Financial Network and Americana Manhasset. Local media sponsors are Long Island Business News and Connoisseur Media.
For more information about the Long Island Heart Walk taking place on Sunday, September 16th visit us at longislandheartwalk.org.