Sixth Annual American Heart Walk

People from across the Wiregrass can get some exercise and help a good cause at the sixth Annual American Heart Walk.

This year's walk will be held Saturday at Westgate Park in Dothan. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 8:30 a.m. For more information, call 794-4570 or 1-800-254-9920.

You can choose between a one-mile course or a three-mile course.

The heart walk is held each year to raise money for heart disease and stroke research.

Last year's walk was held in memory of former WTVY News Director Jerry Vann. Extended Web Coverage

American Heart Walk

  • It's a non-competitive walking event that's geared to companies. They participate by forming teams of employees, family members, friends and others.

  • Participants raise money to fight heart disease and stroke, then walk in the event. Most walks are less than five miles.

  • Thousands of people participate every year because it's so rewarding. In fact, the American Heart Walk is so popular that it's become one of the nation's fastest-growing walking events.

Why Walk?

  • Enjoy fresh air and physical activity.
  • Spend time with friends and family.
  • Help save lives by raising funds to help fight cardiovascular diseases, America's No. 1 killer.
  • Have fun!

Quick Facts

  • Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading killer of American men and women.

  • CVD claimed 949,619 lives in the United States in 1998.

  • More than 2,600 Americans die of CVD each day, an average of 1 death every 33 seconds.

  • CVD claims almost 10,500 more lives each year than the next 6 leading causes of death combined.

  • 60.8 million Americans have one or more types of cardiovascular disease (CVD) according to current estimates.
    • Coronary heart disease --- 12.4 million
    • Stroke --- 4.5 million
    • Congenital cardiovascular defects --- 1 million
    • Congestive heart failure --- 4.7 million
    • 1 in 5 males and females has some form of cardiovascular disease.

Source: contributed to this report.