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Clark County

September 23, 2013

Heart Walk in Louisville raises nearly $1M

Money to go to cardiovascular research, preventative education efforts

LOUISVILLE — More than 10,000 Louisville and Southern Indiana residents laced up their sneakers in support of the American Heart Association's Kentuckiana Heart Walk on Saturday.

The annual event successfully raised $950,000 to fight heart disease and stroke — America's No. 1 and No. 4 killers, according to press release. Cardiovascular research is the backbone of the American Heart Association mission, and the funds raised today support research right in Louisville and across the Commonwealth. More than $1.5 million was recently awarded by the American Heart Association to fund new cardiovascular research in Kentucky.

For the first time, walkers originated at Waterfront Park, and then traveled together down River Road resulting in the largest crowd in the Kentuckiana Heart Walk history.

The noncompetitive, 1- to 3-mile walk included teams of employees from local companies, along with friends, family members and survivors of all ages. Attendees had the opportunity to remember survivors and loved ones lost to heart disease and stroke through a special memorial wall. The event also included a kid's zone, games, music and heart-healthy snacks.

“Today was a great day to give back to our community by teaching healthy lifestyle practices to help lower the risk of heart disease and stroke,” said Erika Furlong, Senior Heart Walk Director for the American Heart Association, in the release. “We invest resources across Kentuckiana to educate our community on how to lower our risk. We are teaching thousands of people in our community about knowing their hearth health numbers, how to choose healthier eating options and how to add physical activity into their lifestyle,”

The Kentuckiana Heart Walk is a component of the American Heart Association's My Heart. My Life. behavior platform, a national movement that calls on all Americans to create and embrace an overall healthier lifestyle in order to improve cardiovascular health. This platform is an important component of the American Heart Association's sweeping national goal: to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent and to reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20 percent by the year 2020.


• To learn more or join us, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or any of our offices around the country, or visit


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