Heart disease,far and away, is the biggest killer of men and women in this county. According to the American Heart Association, better lifestyle habits can help reduce your risk for heart attack. Start by taking a walk this Saturday, August 25th, in Sioux Falls.
On Saturday, Falls Park will be filled with hundreds of people ready to walk and talk from the heart about why heart health is so important.
Tracey Stoneall is the Corporate Events Director of the American Heart Association in Sioux Falls. She says, "Walking ,just like the Heart Walk, is a big part of our mission. If we can get people walking and understanding that physical activity will help them increase their life span by several years is a big part of making things better for them."
This will be the 10th Annual Heart Walk and hopefully the weather will be better than in years past. The American Heart Association is expecting a thousand people and hoping to raise $125,000 which would top last years total of $74,000.
Stoneall says those numbers are great but since 1 out of 3 people who have heart attacks don't survive, she says the numbers you should know are your own. "Know your family history, know your blood pressure, know your cholesterol, all those are important numbers to know. If you understand that you are on your way to a healthier lifestyle."
She says it can start Saturday which will be full of emotion. "The feeling of the day is celebration. A good number of our donors and participants are people who have survived so it's a celebration and a remembrance of those who have lost their lives," Stoneall says.
It's not too late to register for the walk. You can sign up the day of the event. Registration begins at 8:00am at Falls Park. The 2.2 mile walk begins at 9:30am. The Avera Heart Hospital is one of the major donors.
Questions? Call 877-at-AVERA or visit www.americanheart.org for details on the walk. For information on symptoms of heart disease go to Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota's website www.southdakotaheart.com