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American Heart Association Heart Walk & 5K Run

The Long Island Heart Walk supports a ground-breaking national American Heart Association movement to get America walking to live longer, heart-healthy lives. The American Heart Association Long Island Heart Walk will take place at Jones Beach in Wantagh on Sunday, Sept. 25.  Registration and health fairs begin at 8:30 a.m. This year, a 5K Run has been added to the day’s activities

This year’s event will be chaired by Thomas Ockers, president and CEO of Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center. The event will feature live music and a redesigned Kid Zone featuring the Heartlympics, awards will also be given to the Long Island Fit Friendly Companies and the Lifestyle Change winners. Attendees will have the chance to meet the participants of Winthrop’s BetterU program and the red cap heart survivors, white cap stroke survivors and pediatric heart and stroke survivors who will receive caps. 

Did you know that the average person can gain two hours of life expectancy for each hour of regular exercise? Walking has the lowest drop out rate of any physical activity. Physically active people save $500 a year in healthcare costs. The Long Island Heart Walk is an opportunity for people to improve their health by walking, while simultaneously raising funds to help fight heart disease and stroke. Every element of the Long Island Heart Walk is designed to create a stronger community among participants; instill passion for reducing disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke; and generate excitement for a new or renewed commitment to heart-healthy living.

Thousands of people from across Long Island are expected to step out this year for the Long Island Heart Walk. Join survivors of heart diseases and stroke, as well as families, friends, neighbors and company teams from across Long Island to help fight Long Island’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers – heart disease and stroke - to live longer, heart-healthy lives.

The American Heart Association’s My Heart. My Life program is a comprehensive health, wellness and fitness initiative empowering Americans to improve their health. A key goal is to increase the number of people who understand the link between their health and their risk for heart disease and stroke. This movement is a national rallying cry for change – through simple behavior adjustments that help people feel better and live longer.

Make walking a part of your daily routine. To learn more about the My Heart My Life movement or register today for the Long Island Heart Walk, call the American Heart Association office at 450-9104 or you can visit and register online at  

About the American Heart Association

Founded in 1924, we’re the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. To help prevent, treat and defeat these diseases — America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers — we fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit