Community Matters March 2014

Heart Walk LogoAmerican Heart Association

Mae Osman, MBA
Director, Heart Walk
Founders Affiliate   
American Heart Association
American Stroke Association
440 New Karner, Albany, NY 12205
Phone: 518-869-4043

Did you know that walking can help lower your blood pressure, improve your mood, help you lose weight and expand your life? Studies show that for every hour of vigorous activity, you can gain two hours of life span.
The American Heart Association’s Capital Region Heart Walk on Saturday, May 10 at The Crossings of Colonie will bring together thousands of people to improve their heart health – and the health of the whole region.  The event features health screenings and education, CPR demonstrations, breakfast, and lunch provided by Subway.  A Kids Zone will provide lots of activities for children.
The focus of the Heart Walk is a one- or three-mile walk that gives participants a chance to improve their own heart health, and (hopefully!) enjoy some spring weather.  People come together at the Heart Walk in teams – friends, family, co-workers, any group of people you can imagine. Some of the teams are inspired by a family member living with heart disease or stroke, and some walk to honor loved ones lost to these diseases.
Funds raised at the Capital Region Heart Walk will go toward the research that the American Heart Association conducts. Right now, the American Heart Association funds $2.1 million in research, right here in the Capital Region.
The American Heart Association was founded in 1924, and works tirelessly to achieve its mission of building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. Heart disease is the number one killer of all Americans, and stroke is number four. The American Heart Association provides information to help people prevent these diseases by living a healthy lifestyle, which includes walking.
Won’t you consider putting together a team to participate in the Heart Walk? For information about the Capital Region Heart Walk, visit, and for information about the American Heart Association and its work, visit

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