The American Heart Association had the Triangle Heart Walk on Sunday, September 27 at the PNC Arena. This event is dedicated to raising funds for the number one leading cause of death and the number five leading cause of death–heart disease and stroke.
There are 267 Heart Walks nationwide, promoting physical activity and heart-healthy living. Participants walked in honor of anyone who has ever had any type of heart problems.
The Triangle has a fundraising goal of $2,000,000. The money that is fundraised goes to cardiovascular research for people of all ages.
Before the actual walking portion, festivities started at 12:30 PM. Participants were given the option to walk/run 3 or 1 miles that started at 2:00 PM. The Heart Walk’s national sponsor, Subway, provided free sandwiches after the walk.
Heart disease affects people of all ages from all around the world. Here are some facts about cardiovascular disease from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- In the United States, 1 in every 4 deaths are caused by heart disease
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women
- Coronary heart disease is the most common form killing over 375,000 Americans annually
The Heart Walk is an opportunity to bring the community together to fight heart disease and promote heart-healthy living. Before 2020, the American Heart Association hopes to improve the overall cardiovascular health of Americans by 20% and reducing the deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20%.