Walk for a healthy heart scheduled in Sheboygan Falls

Sheboygan County’s “The Start! Heart Walk” – the American Heart Association’s premier community fundraising event – will celebrate the area’s walk on Saturday, Aug. 28, at Rochester Park in Sheboygan Falls.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk covering 1-4 mile routes will begin at 9:15.

Walkers are encouraged to organize teams at the companies where they work or with family and friends. Walkers may also ask others to support their walk effort by sponsoring them with a life-saving donation to the American Heart Association.

Research funded by the American Heart Association has yielded major advances, such as the heart-lung machine, CPR/AED, life-extending drugs, pacemakers, bypass surgery and surgical techniques to repair heart defects.

“The Start! Heart Walk” is designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living. It also creates an environment that's fun and rewarding for the entire family,” says Jackie Weir, youth market director. “The American Heart Association is very excited to bring this new event to the Sheboygan area and surrounding communities.”

For more information contact a “Start! Heart Walk” staff partner by phone at (920) 539-0458 or (414) 277-1418; or via e-mail at jackie.weir@heart. org or tim.nikolai@heart.org.

For more information about “Start! Heart Walks” taking place throughout Wisconsin, visit www.startwalkingnow.org.

Sponsorship from health-conscious local businesses and organizations make the event possible. St. Nicholas Hospital and Prevea Health are event sponsors.

There are four key elements to the program:

• MyStart! Online, a free, Web-based fitness and nutrition tracker, provides constant, measurable personal improvement tips.

• The Start! Fit-Friendly Companies Recognition Program recognizes employers that champion the health of their employees and work to create a culture of physical activity in the workplace.

• The Start! Walking Program has three free, downloadable walking plans for people with varying goals and fitness levels, created by experts on the American Council on Exercise.

• Start! Heart Walk, the American Heart Association’s premier fundraiser, enables people to improve their health by walking while helping fund the fight against heart disease and stroke.

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