Tampa Bay Heart Walk
By: Jessica Bartels
It will be a long hot day. I will be sure to wear the most comfortable shoes I own. I imagine it will be cold in the morning, as it has been for the past few days. Regardless of the morning chill I am still going to put on my shorts and show off my ghostly legs.
When I get to the Raymond James Stadium I am going to be prepared. The American Heart Association is hosting the annual heart walk. They honor heart disease and stroke victims. According to the association, it is the nations number 1 killing disease. The sponsors are providing water throughout the event but I will be sure to bring my Powerade.
The American Heart Association takes pride in their impact on the nation through their life saving activities. Some of these activities include improving patient care, reaching out to communities at risk, advocating for better health, raising awareness, educating Americans, and protecting the future of our youth. The goal of this event is $2,200,000. Saturday, November 2, 2013 thousands of people will meet for the cause.
On Saturday morning the festivities will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the walk will begin at 9:00 a.m. The 3.2mile walk begins at the Raymond James Stadium at 4201 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33607. HCC has a few different groups that you can register with if you would like to help raise money. Each person is eligible for a T-shirt after they raise $100.
The association is also looking for volunteers and donations for the walk. For more information visit their website tampabayheartwalk.kintera.org. The website has more than information on the fundraiser. There is loads of valuable information about cardiovascular disease. This includes symptoms, causes, and even a hopeful prevention guide.
According to the American Heart Association the number one killer of Americans is cardiovascular disease. Every 39 seconds a person dies. Not only is cardiovascular disease the most common birth defect it is also the number 1 cause of infant death. This is a serious issue that affects people of all ages. The best prevention is getting educated, eating healthy, and staying active. 1000 steps a day keeps the doctors away.
I will be at the walk bright and early. I will have my sunglasses, a snack, and a cold sports drink ready the night before. With some of my closest friends and family by my side we will fight this battle together. I hope to see you there.