Heart Walk Planned For May

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CRANFORD—The American Heart Association’s Greater Union County Start! Heart Walk is set for Saturday, May 30 at Nomahegan Park in Cranford.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by the walk at 10:30 a.m.

Presented nationally by Subway, Healthy Choice and AstraZeneca, and locally sponsored by Schering-Plough and WCBS TV New York, close to 2,500 walkers are expected to walk against cardiovascular diseases and stroke.  

The Greater Union County Start! Heart Walk is an action with a mission. As part of the American Heart Association’s national movement to get America walking, Start! Heart Walk participants help raise vital funds to support the American Heart Association’s mission to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke, while taking heart-healthy steps by walking.   

Union County residents are faced with more health challenges than ever before.  Battling obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are everyday struggles. Study after study show that participating in physical exercise leads to many health benefits, including reducing the chance of cardiovascular disease. The average person can gain two hours of life expectancy for each hour of vigorous, regular exercise. Walking is the easiest and most affordable activity for most with the lowest dropout rate.  

Join survivors of heart surgery, heart attack and stroke, as well as families, friends, neighbors and businesses on May 30 to walk against the nation’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers—heart disease and stroke. Learn more and register online by visiting www.unioncountynjheartwalk.org or contact the American Heart Association by calling Jody Thompson at 973-415-8159. 

The American Heart Association offers free resources and information to the community, including MyStart! Online. MyStart! Online is a free tool that can help make positive lifestyle changes through exercise and better eating.  Individuals can track daily physical activity and dietary intake, and get weekly summaries of their progress towards a more heart-healthy lifestyle. Visit http://mystartonline.org  for more information.


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