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The Importance of Heart Health

Most of us have been affected by heart disease or stroke. Heart disease is actually the country's number one leading cause of death and stroke is the fourth.
Most of us have been affected by heart disease or stroke. Heart disease is actually the country's number one leading cause of death and stroke is the fourth.

But there are local groups that are fighting hard to lower those numbers and they're doing that through a walk coming up this weekend.

It is a very inspirational event that celebrates survivors and the progress we've made to fight heart disease and stroke. Additionally, the event raises money to support the local Centre County chapter of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

$65,000. The money is used to fund valuable research, education and advocacy efforts of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

The registration fee is your donation to the organizations.

Brooke Haney will represent all local heart disease and stroke survivors as the Heart Hero for the 2013 Centre County Heart and Stroke Walk. Brooke of Bigler, Pa., was born with a congenital heart disease called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome in which the left side of her heart was underdeveloped. She has received three open heart surgeries and two heart transplants.

It is a three-mile walk. A leading risk factor for heart attack and stroke is lack of physical activity, so the event really promotes exercise and heart-healthy living in a fun environment. Nearly 70 percent of Americans don't get the physical activity they need, so hopefully this walk can help inspire community members to get active. To help lower your risk of heart disease and stroke, among other diseases, it is recommended that you partake in at least 30 minutes of physical activity five days a week.

There are a number of ways in which community members can participate in the Centre County Heart and Stroke Walk, including by registering to walk in the event. Community members can sign up as an individual walker or you can start or join a team. If you cannot attend the event, there are individual and business sponsorships, or you can financially support a walker.

Seven Tips to Maintain a Healthy Heart
o Get active
o Control your cholesterol
o Eat better
o Manage your blood pressure
o Maintain a healthy weight
o Reduce blood sugar
o Stop smoking

WHAT'S HAPPENING...
Centre County Heart & Stroke Walk
Millbrook Nature Center
State College
Sunday, September 29
1:00 - 4:00 pm
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