Heart Walk Returns to Central New Jersey This Fall

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY – The American Heart Association’s Heart Walk is returning for residents, businesses and families in Middlesex and Somerset counties in the fall 2012. Heart Walk, now in its twenty-first year, is the American Heart Association’s signature educational fundraiser to help fight heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 and No. 4 killers of New Jerseyans and Americans.

Heart Walk, sponsored nationally by Subway and Jenny Craig, is part of My Heart. My Life., the American Heart Association’s new national movement to radically improve Americans’ health through a comprehensive wellness and fitness platform for businesses and families. Millions of American families, businesses and survivors of heart disease and stroke annually participate in local Heart Walks to reinforce the benefits of living a heart-healthy lifestyle and to help raise funds for the American Heart Association’s research and education programs. There are nine Heart Walks in the Garden State and more than 450 held throughout the country each year.

The Central New Jersey Heart Walk, which primarily serves families and businesses in Middlesex and Somerset counties, will be held at Johnson Park in Piscataway on Sunday, Oct. 21. The morning will offer various cardiovascular education and entertainment opportunities for families and companies. The walk will officially begin at 10 a.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony for survivors and executive leaders. The Central New Jersey Heart Walk is locally sponsored by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Kingley Health and Saint Peter’s University Hospital.

“My Heart. My Life. is an important component of the American Heart Association’s sweeping 20-year 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,” said Howard Levite, M.D., regional president of the board of directors for the American Heart Association in Central-Southern New Jersey and medical director of The Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center.

Less than 1 percent of the population meets the American Heart Association criteria for ideal cardiovascular health. Yet, in an American Heart Association survey, 39 percent of the population rated themselves as being in ideal health. Heart Walk and the My Heart. My Life. movement will increase the number of people who understand the link between their health and their risk of heart disease and stroke.

For more information on Heart Walk sponsorship opportunities or to learn how to start a walking team, contact the American Heart Association at 1-609-208-0020 or visit www.centralnjheartwalk.org.

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