More than 2,500 Hawaiians will walk with family, friends, co-workers, and survivors of heart disease and stroke Saturday, August 13th In the American Heart Association's 2011 Oahu Heart Walk. The Heart Walk inspires walkers and runners to take steps toward building a stronger, healthier life for themselves and their communities. Bring the whole family! There will be a free Keiki Fair and free health screenings, entertainment, food, and of course, fun.
The Oahu Heart Walk offers two routes, including a 1-mile survivor route around Kapiolani Park and a 4.5 mile route around Diamond Head Walk.
Kalaeloa Partners, LP, is the Oahu Heart Walk's Signature Sponsor. Additional sponsors include Hawaii Pacific Health, Kaiser Permanente, Matson Navigation Company, and Times Supermarket.
Cardiovascular diseases and stroke are Hawaii's two leading causes of death. The American Heart Association is the second largest funder of heart and stroke focused research in the world. Only the United States government funds more research in these areas.
Research funded by the American Heart Association has yielded or contributed to many important innovations, such as CPR, pacemakers, bypass surgery, the heart-lung machine, surgical techniques to repair heart defects, and life-extending drugs like clot-busters. These and other advances are making it possible for many people to call themselves "survivors."
In Hawaii, more than 3,200 people die each year from heart disease. For more information about joining the fight to reduce these numbers, contact Kelly Joseph at (808) 457-4967 or visit the Oahu Heart Walk website at www.oahuheartwalk.org.