The northwest Louisiana community will unite in support of the American Heart Association at its annual walk Saturday, Oct. 10, on the LSU Shreveport campus.
The heart walk is the American Heart Association’s premiere event that brings communities together to raise funds and awareness for living a heart healthy lifestyle. This fun-filled day for the entire family is packed with excitement and hope.
This event includes numerous activities, including CPR education, blood pressure screenings and an opportunity to write a breakup letter to salt.
“Our 2020 Impact Goal focuses on helping people build stronger health and a better quality of life. One way we are going to do that is through sodium reduction and reducing the intake of sugary beverages,” said Sarah Baker Regional Director of the American Heart Association. “By 2020, we hope to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20-percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20-percent.”
Statistically, Baker said 1 in 3 women die from heart disease while 1 in 31 women die from breast cancer. Heart disease is also the number one killer of women over age 25.
“Heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes are so prevalent mostly because of family history, but also because of eating habits and activities,” Baker said. “If you know your family history and you know your mom and grandmother both battled it, your chances are much higher. Lets open that conversation and motivate each other to talk about it and be active.”
Baker added that heart disease is 80-percent preventable. Key factors are knowing family history, being healthy, being active, getting your blood pressure and cholesterol under control and not smoking.
All donations raised through the heart walk stay local. Baker said there’s almost $1 million in research funds now at LSU Health in Shreveport.
“We have a really productive research team here,” she said. “For every dollar we raise, an additional 85 cents is sent from the national level or from surrounding communities because our research team is so productive.”
The heart walk is a free event and there’s no registration fee to enter. Visit www.nwlaheartwalk.org to register a team or to join a team.