Walk your way to a Healthy Heart


American Heart Association urges individuals to stop talking and start walking


Harriet Island, St. Paul
Date: Saturday, April 28
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Walk starts at 11 a.m.
Admission: Free. Open to the public.
(Participants are encouraged to gather donations.)

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Harriet Island hosts “Start! Heart Walk”

On April 28, survivors of heart disease and stroke, community volunteers, and families from across the state will be welcomed to the American Heart Association’s new Start! Heart Walk hometown celebration.

With a new spring date and outdoor location, the annual premier community event will take 30,000 walkers on a 1.5 mile refreshing, emotional and educational journey that wraps adventurously around Harriet Island.

Each year, thousands of walkers organize teams to raise money and participate in the Twin Cities Heart Walk. The association hopes to raise $1.5 million this year for research, public and professional education and outreach.

“Our people are at the heart of our mission at Ecolab and that’s why we are proud to represent and support the Heart Walk in promoting healthy, active lifestyles,” says Ecolab’s CEO Doug Baker, who is chair of the Twin Cities 2007 Start! Heart Walk. Along the way, walkers will be introduced to “Faces of Heart – Survivors” and “Medical Milestones.” They will also visit three “Villages” where they can learn ways to keep their heart healthy. Allina Hospitals and Clinics’ village will “Create Hope” with medical research breakthroughs, free health screenings, and a memorial tribute. Medtronic’s village will “Inspire Change,” encouraging walkers to “Take the Pledge” to get started living healthier with the “Start! Walking Program.” Finally, walkers will visit the last village to “Celebrate the Successes” of those who have already made lifestyle changes by adding exercise and nutrition to their lives.

Kids can keep active in the special “Kids Zone,” and “Eat Street” will offer free food samples from Healthy Choice and a cooking demonstration from Chef Juan-Carlos Cruz. Clowns, bands, magicians, and cheerleaders will be on hand to motivate walkers and provide entertainment throughout the day.
For more information, call Heidi Guetzkow at 952-278-7929 or visit www.americanheart.org.

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