The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s premiere event for raising funds to save lives from this country’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers – heart disease and stroke. Designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living, the Heart Walk creates an environment that’s fun and rewarding for the entire family.
There are three ways to participate. The Franklin County Walk will take place on September 9, the Central Vermont Walk will take place on September 16, and the Burlington Walk will take place on September 23.
This year’s Heart Walk Chair is Andrew Garland, Vice President of Client Relations and External Affairs at BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont.
“The Heart Walk is a great way to get active and be part of an important cause – fighting heart disease and stroke right here in our local communities,” said Garland. “Statistically, Americans are spending more and more time in front of computers and television screens. Now, more than ever, activities like walking are so important. Walking is one of the easiest ways to get moving. For such a simple activity, it has so many benefits.”
Julie Braun of South Burlington is this year’s Burlington Heart Walk survivor speaker. She will talk about the importance of knowing the signs of a heart attack, especially in women.
The Burlington Heart Walk will take place in Oakledge Park on September 23. Registration opens at 8:45 a.m. and the walk kicks off at 9:30 a.m. This is a family-friendly and dog-friendly event with one and three mile routes, a kids’ zone, vendor tables and heart-healthy snacks. Anyone who raises $1,000 or more will be part of the event’s VIP Club and get reserved parking, along with a shout out from the podium during the program.
This event is sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont, Kinney Drugs Foundation, Northeast Delta Dental, The Automaster, Star 92.9 and Local 22/Local 44.
Our mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. For nearly 100 years, we’ve been fighting heart disease and stroke, striving to save and improve lives. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide, and stroke ranks second globally. Even when those conditions don’t result in death, they cause disability and diminish quality of life. We want to see a world free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.