Heart Walk held at Vassar College
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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Hudson Valley residents laced up their sneakers for a Heart Walk at Vassar College. Co-workers, friends and family walked a two to four mile course in teams and also learned about their risk for heart disease.
Studies show that more than 80 percent of heart disease cases can be prevented by making simple lifestyle changes. The American Heart Association said walking is one change that could make a difference.
"The American Heart Association is on a mission to help make America healthier. Through our mission we are hoping to create change and to improve the lives of all Americans. And that is really why we are here, to try to eliminate cardiovascular disease and stroke,” said Jennifer Cullen, Executive Director-HV Region American Heart Association.
Funds raised support cardiovascular research and educational programs. Last year’s event raised more than $375,000.