This year, the American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, is making it easier than ever to join the 2020 Lebanon/Berks Heart Walk. Instead of a one-day event, participants from across Lebanon and Berks counties can join the Heart Walk by walking wherever they are any time from Sept. 1-30.
“This year we have the unique opportunity to make the Heart Walk even more accessible to everyone across Lebanon and Berks counties,” said Stephanie Andreozzi, senior director of clinical services at WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital and chair of this year’s Lebanon/Berks Heart Walk. “There are so many places in our region to enjoy a getting outside and going for a walk, so participants can really make the Heart Walk something fun and meaningful for them by choosing when and where they walk. With social media, walkers can still connect, share their experiences and cheer each other on.”
The Lebanon/Berks Heart Walk is a fun way to celebrate heart and stroke survivors, encourage physical activity and wellness, and raise lifesaving funds for the American Heart Association during the current public health crisis and beyond. Anyone can participate in the Heart Walk in a few easy steps.
- Sign up as a walker at www.heart.org/lebanonwalk and ask family and friends to join your team and donate.
- RSVP to the 2020 Lebanon Heart Walk event on Facebook and join the event discussion for updates and activities.
- Walk and share your journey anytime, anywhere from Sept. 1-30. Post your own photos and videos directly to the Facebook event discussion or anywhere on social media using #LebanonHeartWalk.
In addition to walking, here are a few fun activities to consider choosing from:
- Get the whole family involved and have an indoor dance party.
- Try out a few strengthening exercises like push-ups, lunges and squats.
- Create an at home circuit workout.
The Lebanon Heart Walk is sponsored by WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital, Bayer, Tower Health, Orthopedic Associates of Lancaster, Swift Transportation, TE Connectivity, Myerstown ELCO Rotary and G.F. Bowman.
For more information and to register, visit heart.org/lebanonwalk.
Getting the recommended amount of physical activity (at least 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity, 75 minutes of vigorous activity, or a combination of those activities per week) is linked to lower risk of diseases, stronger bones and muscles, improved mental health and cognitive function and lower risk of depression.
Approximately 120 million Americans have one or more cardiovascular conditions, putting them at higher risk for COVID-19 complications. Funds raised through events like the Heart Walk help the American Heart Association invest in scientific research to look into the impact of COVID-19 is having on heart and brain health, provide information to those immediately affected by COVID-19 and help health care professionals on the front lines care for patients using the latest guidelines and recommendations. Funds also support the American Heart Association’s mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives through investing in research, advocacy, CPR training and education.