2013 Lubbock Heart Walk
The 2013 Lubbock Heart Walk, benefiting the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association, is set for Saturday, October 19 at 9:30 AM at Texas Tech’s Frazier Alumni Pavilion. This year’s event will be emceed by Heart Walk Chairwoman Nikki Dee Ray, Chief Meteorologist for Channel 13. Nikki Dee is an avid supporter of the Heart Association and emceed their gala earlier this year.
At the Heart Walk, hundreds of individual walkers and local company and community teams will be taking steps to improve their heart health while raising funds and awareness for the American Heart Association in its fight against cardiovascular diseases. The family-friendly three mile walk will feature some special participants, including players from the West Texas Outlaws minor professional football team. The public will have the chance to meet players after the walk.
Supporters of the 2013 Lubbock Heart Walk include national sponsors Subway Restaurants and Jenny Craig and local presenting sponsor UMC Health Systems. Additional support comes from Texas Tech University’s Health Sciences Center, Ashley Furniture, Superior Health Plan, Betenbough Homes, and Wells Fargo Bank.
Approximately 2,400 Americans die from a cardiovascular disease every day; in fact, heart disease and stroke are America’s number one and number four killers, respectively. Studies show that a leading risk factor for cardiovascular disease is lack of physical activity, but that just 30 minutes a day of an activity like walking can improve your health and decrease your risk.
Heart Walks combine fitness with philanthropy. Each year, more than 1 million walkers participate in nearly 350 Heart Walk events in cities across the country. Proceeds from these events go toward the American Heart Association’s research, education and community programs; 75 percent of the dollars raised remain in the local affiliate. Walkers who raise money are also eligible for prizes.
For more information visit www.lubbockheartwalk.org or contact us at (888) 433-7220 x 2642 or LubbockHeartWalk@heart.org.