American Heart Association Gulf Coast Heart Walk set for Saturday, September 30

From:  News Release   9/8/17   GCN

The annual Heart Walk at Jones Park in Gulfport will help raise awareness, compassion and a deeper understanding of the implications of heart disease

Gulfport, MS (August 9, 2017) – The Gulf Coast Heart Walk, an event to benefit the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association, will take place on September 30, 2017 beginning at 7:30 a.m. at Jones Park (located near the junction of Hwy. 49 and East Beach Boulevard) in Gulfport, MS. Approximately 2,000 guests are expected to attend the walk.

Chairing the Gulf Coast Heart Walk this year is Butch Oustalet of Butch Oustalet Autoplex. The event is sponsored by Butch Oustalet Autoplex (Platform Sponsor), Keesler Federal Credit Union, Memorial Hospital-Gulfport, Roy Anderson Corp, Mississippi Power, Bancorp South, Biloxi Freezing & Processing, Kare-In-Home, Planet Fitness, WC Fore Trucking Company, SunHerald, Alpha Media, and WLOX.

Combining fitness and philanthropy, this annual walk brings together walk teams, individual walkers, survivors of heart disease and stroke, and lifestyle change heroes who are all taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle while raising funds to combat heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 and No. 5 leading killers of American men and women. Proceeds go toward funding research, education and community programs targeting these issues.

“It’s imperative that we come together as a community to raise awareness of the prevalence of cardiovascular disease and stroke- the number one and number five causes of death in the nation respectively. Educating the community about the simple ways to be heart healthy is of paramount importance to the American Heart Association and our community partners,” Christin LeBoeuf, American Heart Association Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Vice-President explains.

Through events like this, the American Heart Association strives to reach its 2020 impact goal:
By 2020, to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent, while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent.

Five tips to improve heart health:
1.  Exercise
2.  Reduce sugar intake
3.  Reduce salt intake
4.  Quit smoking
5.  Know your numbers (blood pressure)

For general questions regarding the event, please contact Kerry Boylan at (228) 604-5308 or kerry.boylan@heart.org. For more information regarding the Gulf Coast Heart Walk or to start a team, visit. www.gulfcoastheartwalk.org.