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Idaho American Heart Association preparing for 2019 Treasure Valley Heart and Stroke Walk

2019 Heart and Stroke Walk happening this Thursday
Posted: 8:18 AM, May 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-14 10:21:21-04

BOISE, Ida. — Hundreds of Treasure Valley residents will pack Kleiner Park this week for the 2019 Treasure Valley Heart and Stroke Walk. The annual one-mile walk is hosted by the American Heart Association Idaho Division.

The walk encourages healthy habits while raising funds to support the American Heart Association's research and education efforts to fight heart disease and stroke, which are the nation's number one and number five killers. The night also features a family-friendly festival with entertainment, a kids zone, and light refreshments.

Heart disease and stroke survivors, those who have made lifestyle changes for their heart and brain health, medical experts and representatives from the American Heart Association are all expected at the walk. This year's 2019 Heart and Stroke Walk Chair is Vern Porter, Vice President of Transmission and Distribution Engineering and Construction and Chief Safety Officer for Idaho Power.

This year's walk is Thursday, May 16th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park in Meridian. You'll find zumba classes, fitness demonstrations, a hands-only CPR demonstration, and even a healthy potato bar. Registration is free and you can donate funds before or after the walk here . Good Morning Idaho's Matt Sizemore will serve as emcee for the night.

Heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases are the leading killers in the United States, claiming the lives of more than 830,000 men, women and children every year. Heart and Stroke Walks bring communities together to raise awareness and much-needed funds to fight these diseases. The American Heart Association is devoted to saving lives from heart disease and stroke by funding innovative research, setting best practices for improving patient care, fighting for stronger public health policies and providing lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat the leading causes of death in the U.S.

The American Heart Association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, click here or follow along on Facebook , Twitter or Instagram . You can also check out the local Boise office here or on social media: Facebook , Twitter and Instagram .