American Heart Association Has “Spook-tacular” Heart-Healthy Fun Planned

BRIDGEWATER–The American Heart Association has rescheduled its Central New Jersey Start! Heart Walk for Saturday, Oct. 30 at Duke Island Park in Bridgewater due to major flooding at Duke Island Park on the original date of Oct. 2.

In conjunction with the spooky time of year, the Association is incorporating several fun Halloween traditions into the day. Highlights include a children’s Halloween Costume Contest along with healthy trick or treating, plus many other fun activities such as a moon bounce, face painting, health screenings and more. Registration begins at 8:30 am with the official ribbon cutting set for 10:00 am. Activities will continue throughout the morning until noon.


Presented nationally by Subway, and locally supported by Philips and Ethicon, Inc., the Start! Heart Walk is focused on celebrating heart health in the Central NJ community while helping to support the American Heart Association’s lifesaving mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke

The Central NJ Start! Heart Walk is the signature fundraising event for the American Heart Association’s Start! movement. This movement is a national initiative to get Americans and their employers to incorporate at least 30 minutes of activity into every day. With an estimated two-thirds of Americans considered obese and overweight, the Start! movement is focused on providing tools, tips and resources to get the nation moving and helping to lower the risk for developing cardiovascular disease: the leading cause of death in the country.

In fact, the American Heart Association notes that the risk of developing coronary heart disease ranges from 1.5 to 2.4 when associated with physical inactivity—an increase in risk comparable to that observed for high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure or cigarette smoking.

Join survivors, families, friends, neighbors and local businesses on Oct. 30 to get Start(!)ed on a road to improved heart health. Learn more and register online by visiting or contact the American Heart Association at 1-609-208-0020.

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