Quad Cities Heart Walk next Saturday

Raising awareness and having fun at Modern Woodmen Park

DAVENPORT, Iowa - The 2017 Quad Cities Heart Walk takes place next Saturday, May 20, at Modern Woodmen Park, 209 S Gaines St. in Davenport.

 

Check-in is at 8 a.m. The Walk begins at 9:30 a.m.

For more information and to register, click here.  

 

The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association's premiere event for raising funds to save lives from this country's No. 1 killer - cardiovascular diseases, including stroke. The idea is to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living and the event creates an environment that's fun and rewarding for the entire family.

 

This year's Heart Walk will feature a family-friendly health festival that includes a kid zone, food, games, giveaways, ferris wheel rides and a short program

Walkers can choose between a 1 or 3.5 mile bi-state walk along the Mississippi River. The route follows the river along the Davenport bike paths, over the Arsenal Bridge, along the Rock Island bike paths, over to the Centennial Bridge and back to Modern Woodmen Park. Kids, strollers, and even pets are allowed at the event

 

Outside of raising awareness at the walk - funding for research and educational programs are critical to the mission of the American Heart Association. We have more than 2,000 Americans that die each day from cardiovascular diseases - one every 40 seconds. Raising donations can help discover and fund groundbreaking medical advancements that can fight heart disease.

Our goal this year is to raise nearly $200,000 and those funds will get invested back into our region to make sure we have a community of healthy hearts

We're expecting over 3,500 local residents at the Heart Walk, and it will be great to see survivors, volunteers and supporters come together for a great cause

 

Cardiovascular diseases, including stroke, are the number one cause of death in this country, taking more lives than the next three causes of death combined

We have busy lifestyles, and sometimes that means we neglect our health - leading to largely preventable health problems, including many cases of heart disease and stroke. This is why the Heart Walk message of inspiring change toward a healthier lifestyle is important

 

Healthy For Good is the American Heart Association's new movement to inspire all Americans to live healthier lives and create lasting change. It focuses on the simple idea that making small, incremental changes today can create a difference for generations to come.

The movement is built on four pillars: Eat smart. Add color. Move more. Be well.

This mantra breaks down the essential principles of true whole-body health - eating healthy, including adding more colorful fruits and veggies; being more physically active; and creating an overall healthy lifestyle including sleep, mindfulness, stress management, mental health, social connection, and more.

Learn more here.  

 

Life is Why is the emphatic, concise answer to the question of why the American Heart Association works so hard every day. They want people to experience more of life's precious moments. To do this, we all must be healthy in heart and mind. Life Is Why communicates a commitment to making a healthier, longer life possible for everyone.

The Life is Why campaign is a great opportunity to ask yourself: what are those moments, people, or experiences that you live for? What or who brings you joy, wonder, and happiness? In other words, what is your "Why" in life?

Learn more here.  

 


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