Online registration is open for the 2019 Fairfield County Heart Walk and 5K Run at www.fairfieldcountyheartwalk.org. The event is set for Sunday, May 19th at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. Participants can walk or run as individuals or on a team of friends, co-workers or family. Companies and community groups are invited to form teams and register to support the AHA’s mission through the Heart Walk & Run.
Registration and donation drop-off begins at 8:30 AM. The Run/Walk starts at 10:00 AM. All registered participants who raise $100 or more will be eligible for a Heart Walk T-Shirt. Registration fee for the 5K Run is $35 and $40 on the day of event.
The Heart Walk is part of the AHA’s Healthy For Good movement designed to help Americans create lasting change in their health and life, one small step at a time. These changes can help prevent heart disease and stroke. The approach is simple: Eat smart. Add color. Move more. Be well. Healthy For Good encourages healthier eating, including colorful fruits and vegetables, exercising 30 minutes daily, and focusing on whole body wellness including reducing stress and getting enough sleep. Learn more at healthyforgood.heart.org.
Events like the Heart Walk fund the AHA’s critical research and awareness programs that help save lives from cardiovascular diseases like heart disease and stroke – the number one and five killers in the country. American Heart Association—the largest funder of cardiovascular research after the Federal government–currently funds 52 researchers in Connecticut at a funding level of $9,063,654 in 2019. AHA research grants have funded advances like bypass surgery, microsurgery and drug eluting stents, understanding cholesterol metabolism, Hands-Only CPR, implantable pacemakers and heart failure therapeutics. Thirteen Nobel Prize winners have received American Heart Association research grants.
Register for the Heart Walk at www.fairfieldcountyheartwalk.org or by contacting at Todd.Boe@heart.org or 203-295-2941. The Heart Walk is sponsored by EY, Norwalk Hospital, Philips, PwC, Stamford Health, 95.9 The Fox Radio, and Hearst Connecticut Media Group.