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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Q5: Heart Walk on Saturday

  • Sarah Askew is the director of Leavenworth County Heart Walk, American Heart Association. The event is Saturday at Ray Miller Park in Leavenworth.
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  • Sarah Askew is the director of Leavenworth County Heart Walk, American Heart Association. The event is Saturday at Ray Miller Park in Leavenworth.
    The Leavenworth County Heartwalk is this Saturday at Ray Miller Park. Tell us a little about the event. What is the Heartwalk?
    The Heart Walk is an American Heart Association event intended to promote physical activity and heart healthy living while also raising awareness and supporting those affected by heart disease. We have a one and a three-mile route, so this is an event that everyone can participate in, and not a huge time commitment. This is a family event – there will be kids activities including face painting, balloons and a bounce house. Many of our local sponsors including Providence Medical Center/Saint John Hospital and Cushing Memorial Hospital, will have booths set up and will be handing out information and giveaways.
    How far is the course, and how many people do you expect to participate?
    Participants have their choice of a one mile or three-mile route. Last year we had a beautiful fall morning and it appears we will again Saturday! We are hoping to have 400-500 people participate this year.
    The walk promotes awareness of the importance of exercise and having a healthy heart. How much does just regular walking help improve your health?
    Walking is one of the best and easiest forms of exercise and something that most people can easily incorporate into their busy lifestyles. Even as little as 30 minutes of walking a day has many positive effects on your overall health and well-being and can reduce the risk of heart disease. One in two men and one in three women are at risk for heart disease, and poor lifestyle is a major contributor.
    The Heartwalk is also a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. How much was raised at least year's event and what is the money used for?
    Last year's Leavenworth County Heart Walk raised approximately $50,000 and we think we will surpass that amount this year, with the support of our local sponsors and county-wide community involvement. The American Heart Association uses the donations to fund lifesaving research and education. Last year we were able to fund over $110 million nationwide! We really are truly impacting the lives of Americans each and every day!
    It is too late to get involved or to come out Saturday and join the walk? How else can I get involved in the cause?
    No, it's not too late. We will have registration beginning at 8 a.m. and the Walk will begin at 9 at Ray Miller Park on 4th St., across from the University of Saint Mary. If you can't make it to this year's Walk, but would like to be involved next year or in other activities for the American Heart Association you can find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/americanheartassociationkansascity or www.heart.org/KC.
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