Commonwealth Journal

October 9, 2011

2011 Heart Walk: Steps in the right direction

Commonwealth Journal

Somerset — It's always pleasant to report good news in which our entire community can participate with positive results.

Such is the cae with next Saturday's annual American Heart Association’s Lake Cumberland Heart Walk at Somerset High School.

As of today, some 250 Pulaski County residents are expected to participate by — quite literally—taking positive steps to improve their health. Their goal is to  to raise $35,000 this year to fight heart disease and stroke, America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers, respectively. However, with this encouragement, perhaps even more will join in the effort.

The non-competitive, one- to three-mile walk begins at 10 a.m. and includes teams of employees from local companies, along with friends, family members and survivors of all ages.

Activities will be available, including a kid’s zone, music, a survivor memorial, and helicopter appearance by Air Methods KY. Throughout the day, heart healthy snacks and information will be available.

The Lake Cumberland Heart Walk is a component of the My Heart. My Life. behavior platform, the American Heart Association’s groundbreaking national movement that calls on all Americans to create and embrace an overall healthier lifestyle in order to improve cardiovascular health. This new platform is an important component of the American Heart Association’s sweeping national goal: to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent and to reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20 percent by the year 2020.

Nearly 70 percent of Americans do not engage in regular physical activity. This inactivity doubles the risk of heart disease – our nation’s No. 1 killer which is largely preventable through a healthy lifestyle. The Lake Cumberland Heart Walk provides an opportunity for every participant and team to put the mission of the American Heart Association and the My Heart. My Life. program into action.

The Lake Cumberland Heart Walk and the My Heart. My Life. healthy behavior platform is nationally sponsored by SUBWAY®.

The Lake Cumberland Heart walk is locally sponsored by N. Thannoli, PSC, Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, Somerset Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgical Associations of Lake Cumberland and Cumberland Security Bank.