5K walks in Palmdale, Pomona, Pasadena, Downtown LA, Santa Clarita, Santa Monica and Long Beach aim to raise awareness and funds to fight nation’s leading health threats — heart disease and stroke
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 21, 2013 – The American Heart Association’s Heart & Stroke Walk is coming to seven communities in Los Angeles County, with walks scheduled in Antelope Valley, Pomona, Pasadena, Downtown Los Angeles, Santa Clarita, Santa Monica and Long Beach this fall.
The Heart & Stroke Walk is an annual tradition that brings the community together to raise awareness and critical funds to fight heart disease and stroke – the nation’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers.
Everyone is invited to form a team with family, friends or coworkers and sign up on www.GLACountyHeartWalk.org for one or more of the following walks:
- Antelope Valley – Oct. 12, Marie Kerr Park, Palmdale
- Pomona – Oct. 13, Fairplex, Pomona
- Pasadena – Oct. 19, Rose Bowl, Pasadena
- Downtown Los Angeles – Oct. 23, Grand Park, Los Angeles
- Santa Clarita – Oct. 26, Westfield-Valencia Town Center, Santa Clarita
- Santa Monica – Nov. 2, Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
- Long Beach – Nov. 10, Rainbow Lagoon Park, Shoreline Village, Long Beach
The Heart & Stroke Walk, sponsored nationally by Subway and Jenny Craig and locally by Union Bank and UCLA Health, is a family event featuring a non-competitive 5-kilometer walk/run (except for Downtown LA’s one-mile route) and one-mile Survivor Path. Other highlights include a Health and Wellness Expo, Survivor Lounge, Kids Zone featuring games and educational information promoting heart health, VIP Tent for sponsors and top fundraisers and live entertainment. There is no fee to participate in the event. Individuals who raise $100 or more will receive an official Heart & Stroke Walk t-shirt.
Heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases claim more than 831,000 lives every year. In Los Angeles, more than 16,000 men, women and children die of these diseases each year. While heart disease and stroke mortality dropped significantly between 1997 and 2007, heart disease deaths remain 12 percent higher in LA County than the U.S. as a whole.
The AHA’s mission is building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, and its goal by 2020 is to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent.
It takes a community to achieve this goal and change the future of heart health in Los Angeles. Anyone can make a difference and help hearts in need by forming a Heart Walk team with family, friends or coworkers. The $1.75 million that the Greater Los Angeles Heart & Walk hopes to raise will benefit the American Heart Association’s cardiovascular research efforts, community education outreach and other mission-related work.
For more information about the 2013 Greater Los Angeles Heart Walk, visit www.GLACountyHeartWalk.org or call Alisha Castro at (213) 291-7094.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or join us, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or any of our offices around the country, or visit heart.org.
About the American Stroke Association
The American Stroke Association is dedicated to prevention, diagnosis and treatment to save lives from stroke — a leading cause of death and serious disability. We fund scientific research, help people better understand and avoid stroke, encourage government support, guide healthcare professionals and provide information to enhance the quality of life for stroke survivors. We were created in 1997 as a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more, call 1-888-4STROKE or visit strokeassociation.org.