American Heart Association annual Heart Walk happening this weekend

American Heart Association annual Heart Walk happening this weekend

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In Hawaii, heart disease is the number one killer of people and strokes are the number 3 killer and the leading cause of major disability.

This weekend, the American Heart Association is holding its annual Heart Walk to raise funds that support the American Heart Association's research, education, health advocacy and community services.

The American Heart Association has a national goal to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent by the year 2020.

Before and after the Walk, participants can enjoy fun family activities, and enjoy music by local bands.  Participants can visit the health fair to learn more about heart health and receive free blood pressure, blood sugar, and blood cholesterol tests. Hawaii Pacific Health doctors will also be on hand to answer medical-related questions.

One of the simplest, positive changes a person can make to improve their heart health is to engage in a physical activity like walking.

The Oahu Heart Walk will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4 at Kapiolani Park. Festivities begin at 6:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 7:30 a.m. Parking for the event will be available at Kapiolani Community College and shuttle buses will run periodically between the College and Kapiolani Park from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

For more information about the Oahu Heart Walk, call 457-4957, or click here.

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