Reading, Pa. — The American Heart Association invites workplaces, community groups, friends and family from across Berks County to take steps to become Healthy For Good at the 2017 Berks County Heart Walk. The Heart Walk is set for Saturday, Sept. 23 at Gring’s Mill Recreation Area, 2083 Tulpehocken Rd., Reading. Festivities begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk steps off at 10 a.m.
This year’s Heart Walk is about more than just walking – it’s about taking a variety of small, sustainable steps toward a healthier and more active life. Whether you want to try yoga, hula-hooping or jump rope, get your blood pressure checked, learn Hands-Only CPR, or sample a healthy snack, the Heart Walk will have something for participants of all ages. The event will culminate with a non-competitive 1-mile or 2.5-mile fitness walk through Gring’s Mill Recreation Area.
The fundraising goal for the 2017 Berks County Heart Walk is $80,000. Walkers who raise a minimum of $100 will receive a Heart Walk t-shirt and the opportunity to receive additional prizes based on their fundraising levels.
The Heart Walk is part of the American Heart Association’s Healthy For Good movement to encourage sustainable healthy lifestyle changes. Dollars raised will support the American Heart Association’s lifesaving mission to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, the nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers, through supporting heart disease and stroke research, health care quality improvement, advocacy, prevention and education.
The 2017 Berks County Heart Walk is chaired by Amy Team, CEO of HealthSouth Reading Rehabilitation Hospital. The Heart Walk is sponsored locally by East Penn Manufacturing, HealthSouth Reading Rehabilitation Hospital, EnerSys, Reading Health System, Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Healthcare, and Stevens & Lee.
For more information about the Berks County Heart Walk, visit www.heart.org/berkspawalk or call 215-527-1712.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. 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 to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.