Get Healthy for Good at Pasadena Heart Walk Sept. 23

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The American Heart Association’s Heart Walk returns to Pasadena this fall with an important message for all to get Healthy for Good.
The annual event — scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Rose Bowl -— kicks off with a health and wellness festival featuring fun heart-pumping activities at 7:30 a.m., followed by a 5K walk at 9 a.m. and post-walk party at 9:30 a.m.
Team up with family, friends and coworkers and take steps together to live healthier and fight heart disease, the nation’s No. 1 killer, and stroke, the leading cause of serious long-term disability. There is no fee to join, but participants are encouraged to help raise funds for the mission of building healthier lives, free of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.
The Heart Walk is part of the AHA’s Healthy for Good movement, which aims to rally people to live healthier lives, inspire lasting change and unite the community around the simple idea that making a small change today will create a difference for generations to come.
In addition to Pasadena, walks will take place in Long Beach on Oct. 21, Santa Clarita on Nov. 4 and Palmdale on Nov. 5. The goal is to raise $2.5 million to support the association’s lifesaving work, including funding innovative scientific research, bringing health education programs to children and adults in the community, improving best practices for treating heart disease and stroke and advocating for policies that impact cardiovascular health.
Heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases claim the lives of more than 800,000 people in the U.S. every year. In Los Angeles, heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 2 killers. To help combat these diseases, the AHA urges people to:
• Eat Smart: Make healthy, delicious choices whenever and wherever you eat.
• Add Color: Make life more colorful with fruits and vegetables every day.
• Move More: Infuse more movement into your life for optimal health.
• Be Well: Create balance, vitality and well-being through self-care.
The Heart Walk is led by this year’s chairman, Enrique Rodriguez, executive vice president and chief technical officer for AT&T Entertainment Group. It is supported by Healthy for Good sponsor Keck Medicine of USC, Life is Why sponsor Union Bank and presenting sponsors Google, Huntington Hospital and UCLA Health.
For more information, visit HeartWalkLA.org or contact Kellian Reed at (213) 291-7025 or kellian.reed@heart.org.

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