HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Life is why the American Heart Association invites Oahu residents to come out to the American Heart Walk on Saturday, August 9 at Kapiolani Park. The event is designed to bring family and friends together to learn, share and practice lifestyle habits that will lead to healthier, longer lives free of heart disease and stroke. Participants are also encouraged to raise money to support the Association's work to develop cardiovascular and stroke medical breakthroughs, and improve the health of Hawaii residents.
On-site registration for the event begins at 6:30 a.m. and the Walk kicks off at 7:30 a.m. The non-competitive walk features course options of 4.5 miles around Diamond Head, or 1 mile around Kapiolani Park, and includes teams of employees from local companies, along with friends and family members of all ages. Members of the general public are also invited to participate.
Event participants will be treated to live entertainment, heart-healthy snacks, free health screenings and education, and a keiki fun fair. The top fund-raising walker will win two round-trip tickets to any domestic location serviced by Alaska Airlines.
Last year's Heart Walk attracted a record 5,000 participants. To accommodate the expected crowds and increase walker safety, traffic lanes around the Diamond Head walking route, including along Monsarrat Ave. from the Waikiki Shell to Trousseau St., and along Diamond Head Road, will be restricted to one lane moving in the counter-clockwise direction beginning at 5:30 a.m. and continuing until the final walkers have completed the route (approximately 11 a.m.). TheBus will be detoured beginning at 6:30 a.m. off Monsarrat Ave. and Diamond Head Road. Reroutes will occur from Campbell Ave., right onto Hayden St., right onto Alohea Ave., and left onto Makapuu Ave.
The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America's No. 1 and No. 4 killers. The organization teams 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 American Heart Association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke.
For information about the Oahu Heart Walk, call 457-4957, or click here.