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Central Arkansas Heart Walk April 21 at Burns Park
Central Arkansas Heart Walk April 21 at Burns Park

More than 3,000 expected to attend annual event that celebrates heart health and raise funds for research

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Through research funding, healthcare quality initiatives and prevention education efforts, Central Arkansans are helped every day by American Heart Association events like the Central Arkansas Heart Walk.  Plans are being finalized for this year’s event, which takes place Saturday, April 21st at Burns Park in North Little Rock, Arkansas.  Ceremonies begin at 8:00am, and the Heart Walk at 9:00am.

The annual 5K non-competitive walking event is designed to bring public awareness to physical activity and a heart-healthy lifestyle, while raising the critical dollars needed to fund heart disease and stroke research and educational programs in the Central Arkansas region.  Teams are made up of employees from local companies, along with friends and family members of all ages.  This year’s event goal is $330,000

Before and after the walk, participants can enjoy activities like a survivor gallery, tribute area and health screenings, can get tips on nutrition, sign up to join American Heart Association advocacy efforts to enact heart-healthy legislation, and learn about initiatives like Jump Rope For Heart and Go Red For Women.  The younger set can play in the Kids Zone. 

Heart disease and stroke rank as the No. 1 and No. 4 killers of Americans.  These and other cardiovascular diseases kill approximately 812,000 Americans each year and cost the nation nearly $300 billion in direct and indirect costs.  In Arkansas, cardiovascular disease accounted for nearly 7,200 deaths this year.

Mortality numbers are decreasing, in part due to American Heart Association-funded research, which has contributed to important discoveries such as CPR, life-extending drugs, pacemakers and other implantable devices, and surgical techniques to repair heart defects.  But because of the growing obesity epidemic, led by poor nutrition and lack of physical activity, and other unhealthy behaviors such as the continued use of tobacco, mortality rates may again begin to rise.

Through events like the Heart Walk, the American Heart Association funds life-saving research and educational programs to not only continue the decline in death rates, but improve the quality of life for all Americans.

This year’s tribute is to Garrett Cole Uekman. Garrett was born on June 22, 1992 and filled lives with joy for 19 years. He attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School in North Little Rock and later attended Catholic High School for Boys in Little Rock. He was a dedicated student and a talented athlete in baseball, basketball, and football. He signed with the Razorbacks in the spring of 2010 with the belief that dreams do come true and had visions of making his “mark” in football.

SUBWAY restaurants and Jenny Craig are the national sponsors of the American Heart Association Heart Walk.  Presenting Sponsor is Arkansas Heart Hospital.  The Central Arkansas Heart Walk is locally sponsored by Elliot Electric, Hudson, Cisne & Co., Jon Lindemann, and VCC.  Media partners include Heather and DC from Alice 107.7.

For information on participating in the Central Arkansas Heart Walk, please call the American Heart Association Little Rock office at 501-375-9148 or visit centralarkansasheartwalk.org.

About the American Heart Association:

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team 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 association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country.