Sept. 16 — 2017 San Luis Obispo Heart & Stroke Walk

August 1, 2017
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Walk encourages healthy habits while raising funds to fight heart disease and stroke

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Nearly 600 people from San Luis Obispo and nearby cities are expected to participate in the 2017 San Luis Obispo Heart & Stroke Walk on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at the Avila Beach Promenade & Bob Jones Trail. Festivities, registration and the Health Expo begin at 9 a.m. followed by the walk at 10 a.m.

The 5K walk encourages healthy habits while raising funds to support the American Heart Association’s research and education efforts to fight heart disease and stroke – the nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 health threat to both men and women.  As the number one cause of death in our nation, heart disease is also the No. 1 killer in SLO. Apart from the walk, the event features a health expo, educational booths, a kid’s zone, refreshments and snacks. Registration for the 5k walk is free while fundraising and making a personal donation are encouraged.

“French Hospital is proud to sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Life is Why initiative in San Luis Obispo,” said Julie Fogelson, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Nursing Executive at French Hospital Medical Center. “The goal is to help Central Coast residents make an emotional connection to the reasons that inspire us to stay healthy. The Life is Why mission encourages local residents to figure out their ‘why’ and improve their heart health by providing community education and resources, as well as local events like the San Luis Obispo Heart Walk. French Hospital is so very proud to work alongside the American Heart Association to build a healthier community.”

Cardiovascular, heart and stroke diseases are the number 1 killer of both men and women in the U.S. – killing about 2,200 Americans each day – one every 40 seconds. 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. The Heart Walk brings the community together to raise awareness and much-needed funds to fight these diseases.

The local “Life is Why” sponsor for the 2017 San Luis Obispo Heart & Stroke Walk is Dignity Health Central Coast. Additional sponsors include Sports Warehouse, Coastal Cardiology, Rabobank, Chevron, Pacific Western Bank, Wells Fargo and KSBY-TV.

For more information regarding the San Luis Obispo Heart & Stroke Walk, please visit www.SLOHeartWalk.com.

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.

About the American Stroke Association: The American Stroke Association is devoted to saving people from stroke — the No. 2 cause of death in the world and a leading cause of serious disability. 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 stroke. The Dallas-based association officially launched in 1998 as a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-888-4STROKE or visit StrokeAssociation.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association receives funding mostly from individuals. Foundations and corporations donate as well, and fund specific programs and events. Strict policies are enforced to prevent these relationships from influencing the Association’s science content. Financial information for the American Heart Association, including a list of contributions from pharmaceutical companies and device manufacturers, is available at http://www.heart.org/corporatefunding.

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