North Bay Heart Walk – Marin County Heart and Stroke Walk

heartMeritage Medical Network is a proud sponsor of the North Bay Heart Walk. The next (and last) big event is the Marin County Heart and Stroke walk on Sunday, September 21, 2014. So if you or a loved one has been affected by heart disease or stroke, or even if you just want to come out on a (hopefully) beautiful day for a good cause, you can find all the important details below:

What?

The Marin County Heart and Stroke walk is an event to honor survivors of heart disease and stroke, to increase awareness about these prevalent health issues, and to raise money to support the efforts of the American Heart Association.

When?

The walk takes place on Sunday, September 21, 2014, and registration begins at 9:30 in the morning. Opening ceremonies will start at 10:00 AM, and the walk will commence at 10:30. At around 11:30, the closing ceremonies will begin, and the even should be finished by 12:30 in the afternoon.

Where?

This walk will take place at the baseball field at McInnis Park in San Rafael. Below is the street address:

350 Smith Ranch Rd.
San Rafael, CA 94903

There are also two different routes that walkers can take. The 1-mile route is specifically designed to honor heart disease and stroke survivors (who should also stop at the survivor booth before they begin to receive a special red cap). There is also a 3-mile route that participants can walk or run.

Why?

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, and it is a condition that affects people of all different backgrounds and walks of life. It is also a condition that every individual can take an active role in preventing by eating a healthy diet, getting 30 minutes of activity in each day, and avoiding (or quitting) smoking.

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States – almost 130,000 Americans die from stroke each year. The same healthy lifestyle choices that can help you prevent heart disease can also help you avoid suffering a stroke.

Both of these health issues share yet another thing in common: recognizing the early signs of a heart attack or stroke and promptly getting treatment can drastically improve your chances of survival. You can visit the Centers for Disease Control website to learn more about heart disease and stroke as well as the early warning signs.

If you’d like to participate in the Marin County Heart and Stroke Walk, you can find more specific information about parking, walking routes, and other event details by clicking here. And if you can’t make it out, you can still make a donation by clicking here. For any additional information, you can contact the following individuals:

 

Kirsten Guanella
Business Development Director
Kirsten.Guanella@heart.org
(707) 542-1992

 

Kaitlyn Yergenson
Associate Director
kaitlyn.yergenson@heart.org
(530) 953-9825