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Northern Illinois Heart Walk May 4 at Rock Valley College

May 1, 2013

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The American Heart Association will host the 2013 Northern Illinois Heart Walk Saturday, May 4, at Rock Valley College, 3301 N. Mulford Road, to support the fight against heart disease and stroke. Opening ceremonies begin at 8 a.m., and the walk will start at 9 a.m.

This year’s Northern Illinois Heart Walk will feature a 2-mile walk in an effort to raise $115,000 for the American Heart Association’s research, educational and awareness programs in Illinois and across the country. Walkers are encouraged to raise $150 or more by collecting donations from friends, co-workers and family.

Heart Walk participants can visit three villages at the Heart Walk, including My Heart, My Life and My Community. In those villages, they can visit the many different booths where they can enjoy health screenings, visit the tribute wall, share their story as a survivor, take the pledge to lead healthier and more active lives, learn more from fitness experts, enjoy nutritious refreshments, receive a lifestyle change award, celebrate their fund-raising success, get their team photo taken and more.

The Heart Walk features teams of heart disease and stroke survivors, employees from local companies and people interested in fighting heart disease and stroke, America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers, respectively.

Heart Walk proceeds benefit the American Heart Association’s programs, research and education. The American Heart Association invests more than $30.2 million in valuable biomedical research at institutions throughout Illinois. And through educational efforts, the American Heart Association works to strengthen the chain of survival in communities, educate the public about the signs and symptoms of heart attack and stroke, and increase the number of people receiving early treatment for these events.

Heart Walk sponsors have the chance to activate their contribution through their village home at the Heart Walk or even throughout the year.

For more information and to support the Heart Walk, visit rockfordilheartwalk.org, or contact Corporate Events Director Valerie Tippitt at (815) 262-1428 or Valerie.tippitt@heart.org.

Posted May 1, 2013

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