Heart Walk slated Oct. 1

Staff report

Hundreds of area walkers will join the American Heart Association to fight heart disease and stroke at the Northwest Ohio Heart Walk on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, at Northwest State Community College in Archbold.

The opening ceremony kicks off at 9 a.m. at the college, 22600 State Route 34, followed by the official family friendly walk at 9:15 a.m. The non-competitive walk will follow a course around the Northwest State campus. Participants may choose the walk distance, ranging from one-half mile to three miles. The event will feature vendor booths, heart-healthy activities, and a kids’ zone area.

Many walkers will themselves be survivors of heart disease and stroke, and will wear red caps as a symbol of the fight against cardiovascular diseases. Others will be walking in honor of friends or family affected by heart disease and stroke. Walkers raise money for the AHA, which funds research, advocacy in issue areas central to cardiovascular health, and public and professional education.

The event is expected to attract 200 walkers from the communities in Williams, Fulton, Henry and Defiance counties, and should raise $35,000 for the AHA research and educational programs throughout northwest Ohio.

“The American Heart Association wants people to experience more of life’s precious moments,” said Kerri Rochelle, Heart Walk director for the northwest Ohio division of the AHA. “To do that, we all must be healthy in heart and mind. Dollars raised for the Heart Walk help people in northwest Ohio and across the nation live longer, healthier lives.”

Staff report