American Heart Association’s Start! Chesapeake Heart Walk

More than 400 participants will take giant steps for their heart health on  Saturday, April 24, 2010 at  Terrapin Nature Park, Stevensville, Maryland for the American Heart Association’s annual Start! Heart Walk.  The park is located at 191 Log Canoe Circle, Stevensville, MD  21666.

Enjoy an exciting morning including food, fun and lots of activities. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and the non-competitive, five-mile walk — which begins at 10:00 a.m. — raises funds to support heart disease and stroke research and educational programs  in Maryland.  Teams are made up of employees from local companies, along with friends, church and  family members of all ages.  Participants who are heart disease or stroke survivors will wear red caps bearing the words “Fighting Back.” Also, Shore Health System will provide blood pressure screenings; healthy nutrition displays and snacks; professional education on building and keeping a healthy heart through exercise and fitness; diabetes management, personal and family emergency preparedness; awareness about stroke prevention and medication safety from pharmacy professionals. In addition, cholesterol testing will be done from 8 am to 10 a.m. The cost for fasting (12-14 hours) is $12 and non-fasting costs, $5 payable at the time of service. No credit cards or insurance accepted.

Diseases of the heart are the country’s No. 1 cause of death; stroke is No. 3.  These and other cardiovascular diseases kill more than 870,000 Americans each year and cost the nation more than $431 billion in direct and indirect costs. To participate in the Start! Chesapeake Heart Walk, or visit our website at www.heartwalk.kintera.org/chesapeakemd or call Mary Toland with the American Heart Association at (410) 637-4512 or email at mary.toland@heart.org.

American Heart Association:
Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to reducing disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.  These diseases, America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers, claim about 870,000 lives a year.  In fiscal year 2005–06 the association invested more than $473 million in research, professional and public education, advocacy and community service programs to help all Americans live longer, healthier lives. To learn more, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit americanheart.org.

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