More than 10,000 Louisville and Southern Indiana residents are expected to lace up their sneakers in support of the American Heart Association’s Kentuckiana Heart Walk on Saturday, Sept. 21.
The annual event, which hopes to raise a record $1 million to fight heart disease and stroke — America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers — begins at 8 a.m. For the first time, Kentucky and Southern Indiana walkers will start at Waterfront Park and travel together down River Road, making it the largest crowd in the Heart Walk’s history.
The noncompetitive, 1- to 3-mile walk includes teams of employees from local companies, along with friends, family members and survivors of all ages, according to a press release. Attendees will have the opportunity to remember survivors and loved ones lost to heart disease and stroke through a special memorial wall. The event will also include a kid’s zone, games, music and heart-healthy snacks.
“The Heart Walk is not your typical walking event,” said Erika Furlong, Senior Heart Walk Director for the American Heart Association, in a the release.. “It is a way for us to give back to our community by teaching healthy lifestyle practices to help lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.”
The walk is a component of the My Heart. My Life. behavior platform — the American Heart Association’s national movement that calls on Americans to create and embrace an overall healthier lifestyle in order to improve cardiovascular health. This new 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.
Nearly 70 percent of Americans do not engage in regular physical activity. This inactivity doubles the risk of heart disease — which is largely preventable through a healthy lifestyle.
“I am chairing the 2013 Heart Walk to help build awareness around the impact that heart disease and stroke has in our community, and to help raise research dollars that will be reinvested into our community,” said Tom Partridge, President and CEO of Fifth Third Bank Kentucky, in the release.
For information on participating in the Kentuckiana Heart Walk, call the American Heart Association at 502-371-6034 or visit www.heart.org/kentuckianaheartwalk.
PORTIONS OF RIVER ROAD TO CLOSE
Portions of River Road and East Witherspoon Street will be temporarily closed for the walk. Temporary street closings will go into effect at 8 and will continue until 11 a.m. These streets will be closed at the following locations during this time:
• Downtown Louisville: Witherspoon Street starting at Waterfront Park; River Road starting at North Preston Street and ending at the Tumbleweed entrance.