“Ready, set, lace up your sneakers” is what the American Heart Association is encouraging southeast Michigan residents to do at the Detroit Heart Walk on May 2 at its new location—General Motors Head Quarters and Detroit Riverfront. Leading the campaign is Heart Walk Co-Chairs Dr. Jeffery Hess, corporate medical director for General Motors and Maurice Staten, UAW assistant director of Special Projects, GM Department. Festivities kick-off at 8 a.m. and runners take off at 9:45 a.m. followed by an opening ceremony at 10 a.m.
The American Heart Association’s Heart Walk campaign promotes healthy lifestyle choices and creates opportunities for people to improve their cardiovascular health. The campaign goal is $1.65 million and every donation helps the association raise awareness of heart disease and stroke.
Highlights include a one and three-mile walk, 5K run, Kids Zone and health screenings. The walk will be emceed by Amy Andrews of FOX 2 News and Deanna Lites of WWJ Newsradio 950.
According to the association, studies have shown walking and moderate activities provides multiple benefits if done for at least 30 minutes a day. The benefits of walking include enhancing your mental well-being, reducing the risk of coronary heart disease and improving blood pressure and blood sugar to name a few.
“Walking toward a healthier lifestyle has multiple benefits and shouldn’t start and end at the Heart Walk,” said Staten.
The Detroit Heart Walk is free, however, walkers are encouraged to register at www.miheartwalk.org. Additionally, participants who raise $100 will receive a t-shirt and other incentives. For more information call (855) 229-4424 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.