American Heart Association Names 2010 Heart Walk Champions

Mar 01, 2011, 06:00 ET from American Heart Association

DALLAS, March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Twenty-five companies across the nation have been recognized by the American Heart Association as 2010 Heart Walk Champions.

Collectively, these companies and their employees, friends and families contributed more than $10 million through the Heart Walk to fund heart disease and stroke research and educational programs.

The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association's largest grassroots fundraiser with Walks held in more than 300 communities, and engaging over a million walkers across the country.  Participation not only raises funds but also encourages employees to improve their heart health through actions like the American Heart Association's My Life Check Assessment - an online tool designed to help people understand their heart score and enhanced corporate wellness programs, like hosting walking challenges among employees throughout the year.

"Only 15 percent of Americans achieve the recommended amount of moderate physical activity, which equates to 150 minutes each week," said Ralph Sacco, M.D., president of the American Heart Association. "Walking for as little as 30 minutes a day will help lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels, reduce your risk for diabetes and maintain a healthy weight."

The list of the 2010 Top 25 Heart Walk Champions and more information about walks near you can be found at www.heartwalk.org.

Companies interested in joining the Heart Walk as a National Team or in individual locations should call 214.706.2290 or visit www.heartwalk.org for more information and next steps.

About the American Heart Association  

The American Heart Association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Our mission is to build healthier lives by preventing, treating and defeating these diseases — two of America's leading killers. We fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit heart.org.

SOURCE American Heart Association