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2016 Oahu Heart Walk promotes healthier lifestyle for residents

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By Janelle Guerrero-Miguel
HNN Summer Intern

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Did you know that a person dies from cardiovascular disease every 39 seconds? According to the American Heart Association, heart disease also kills more women than all forms of cancer combined.

The annual Heart Walk is the non-profit’s premiere event to raise funds to end heart disease and stroke, and to improve the public’s overall health.

Cardiovascular diseases and strokes are Hawaii’s two leading causes of death.

The goal was to raise $550,000 and the walk managed to raise over $561,000.

More than 5,000 Oahu residents were expected to participate in our local Heart Walk on Saturday at Kapiolani park.

The walk included two routes: a non-competitive 1 mile route around Kapiolani park and 4.5-mile route around Diamond Head.

There were free health screenings and a free Keiki fun fair. Participants got to take a tour of an interactive inflatable heart.

In Hawaii, more than 3,200 people die each year from heart disease.

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