Thousands of Oahu residents walk for healthier hearts

Thousands of Oahu residents walk for healthier hearts

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Thousands of residents across the Gathering Isle marched in the hot sun for the 25th Anniversary of the Oahu Heart Walk on Saturday morning.

The event, which was held at Kapiolani Park, gathers community members and business owners alike to learn and share lifestyle habits that will lead to healthier lives.

More than 5,000 people were expected to participate in the 5K walk.

Through donations, walkers were able to raise funds for the American Heart Association's work to end heart disease and stroke, as well as improve the health of Hawaii residents.

The walk and health festivities began at 7:30 a.m. and finished around 10:30 a.m.

Event-goers got to participate in several fun and health-conscious activities including a vegetable challenge, and free blood glucose screenings.

"Heart disease and stroke are Hawaii's number one and number three causes of death, and leading causes of major disability,'" said Rich Wacker, chair and ceo of American Savings Bank, in a news release.

"Luckily, 80 percent of cases of those diseases are preventable through simple lifestyle changes," Wacker said.

"The Heart and Stroke Walk provides our participants not only the opportunity to begin practicing healthier living by getting out for a fun walk, but to also learn about their own health and ways that they can improve it."

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