LI Heart Walk Expecting Over 7,000 Walkers for October Event
Registration for the non-competitive, three-mile walk begins at 8:30 a.m., with the Walk to begin at 10:00 a.m. The goal of the Long Island Heart Walk is to raise funds to support heart disease and stroke research and educational programs in the Long Island community. The Heart Walk also promotes walking as part of a healthy lifestyle. This year's Walk Chairman will be Michael Dowling, President and CEO of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System.
Over 1 million walkers will participate this year in more than 600 events across the country, raising money to save lives from heart disease and stroke. The Heart Walk has raised more than $406 million for research and education throughout its history. Local sponsors include Pegalis & Erikson, LLC, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, Astoria Federal Savings Bank and media sponsor WBAB 102.3.
Diseases of the heart are the country's number one cause of death, with stroke being number three. Together, these cardiovascular diseases kill more than 930,000 Americans each year. Major cardiovascular diseases continue to be Long Island's leading cause of death, claiming the lives of more than 9,600 people each year, including more than 5,600 women. Heart disease and stroke are Long Island's No. 1 and No. 3 causes of death, respectively. Join survivors, families, friends and company teams on October 2 to help fight heart disease and stroke.
"Everyone knows someone affected by cardiovascular diseases. Heart and blood vessel diseases are the leading killer of women and men in the United States and the second leading cause of death for our children," said Karen Antonucci, Special Events Regional Director for the American Heart Association. "That's why it's so important for all of us to participate in the Heart Walk and do our part to help save lives."
Regular aerobic physical activity increases your fitness level and capacity for exercise. It also plays a role in both primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. Physical inactivity is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke and is linked to cardiovascular mortality. Regular physical activity can help control blood lipid abnormalities, diabetes and obesity. It can also help reduce blood pressure.
For information on participating in the Long Island Heart Walk please call the American Heart Association at 516.777.8447 or visit them online.