DALLAS, Sept. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Three American Heart Association (AHA) Heart Walks will kick off across North Texas on Saturday, Sept. 10. All three walks will take place simultaneously with opening ceremonies at 8:30 a.m.
Dallas – base of Reunion Tower
2016 Dallas Heart Walk Chair:
John Donovan, chief strategy officer and group president of AT&T Technology and Operations
Denton – C.H. Collins Athletic Center
Brad Morgan, vice president of operations, The Heart Hospital Baylor Denton
Tarrant County – Will Rogers Memorial Center
2016 Tarrant County Heart Walk Chair:
Amy Gowder, vice president of Lockheed Martin
"Heart disease continues to impact each of us, whether it's a family member, friend or colleague," said Donovan. "AT&T has a long-standing commitment to promote health and wellness programs across the company. We're thrilled to support the American Heart Association's Dallas division for this year's Heart Walk movement to raise money and awareness to eventually beat this disease."
The AHA's Heart Walk is a 5k and 1-mile non-competitive walk that promotes walking as part of a healthy lifestyle and raises funds to support cardiovascular research and educational programs throughout North Texas. Participants walk to raise awareness of two of the nation's leading causes of death – heart disease and stroke. Nearly 801,000 people in the U.S. die from heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases each year.
"Heart Walk is not only an incredible event to participate in, it's really breath-taking to see the thousands of people that come together that morning to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke," said Tommy Lawler, chief executive officer at Weaver and AHA Tarrant County board chairman. "The Dallas, Denton and Tarrant County Heart Walks encourage people across North Texas to get moving for heart health and also provides an opportunity for people who have been affected by heart disease to support one another in a powerful way."
Heart Walk is free to participate, but registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, visit www.heart.org/northtexasevents and select a Walk location. Heart Walk is sponsored nationally by SUBWAY® restaurants and locally by WFAA and Hot 93.3.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
For more information contact:
Calley McGehee Herth
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SOURCE American Heart Association - North Texas