November 2, 2013
Hundreds took a stride against heart disease Saturday morning with some pretty big results.
The annual Heart Walk took area companies, organizations and families on a walk at the University of Virginia Research Park in support of the American Heart Association.
The Heart Walk supports research and programs aimed at reducing heart disease and stroke, with are the No. 1 and No. 4 top killers in the United States, respectively.
The event is designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living.
"Heart Walk is a movement that we can visually see that people are taking the stride to changes their lifestyle as well as to support those have already had elements of heart disease and stroke," said Dana Eagle, the Charlottesville development director for the American Heart Association.
The Newsplex's Michelle Rupp emceed this year's event.
The Heart Walk has raised more than $80,000 this year, and the total goal is $120,000. The association is collecting donations until Dec. 31, and donations are accepted online.
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