ERIE, Pa. — The community fights heart disease and stroke with the Healthy For Good Heart Walk.
More than 1,000 people took part in the American Heart Association’s annual walk on Thursday evening. By the time of the walk, individuals and teams had already raised nearly $135,000.
The three-mile walk along the Bayfront began and ended at Liberty Park, where people took steps to benefit their others and their own health.
Erie resident Danny Stanton participated with his church, Friendship Baptist Church.
“My dad actually survived a heart attack. So, I wanted to finish off the walk for him–the whole three miles,” he said. “A couple of the people that I walked with, they turned all the way around, but I wanted to finish it off for my dad.”
Sean Dreher, a spokesperson of the American Heart Association, said, “We recommend people get 30 minutes of activity a day, five days a week. So, 150 minutes of exercise. It doesn’t even have to be continuous.”
Dr. Jay Patel, Erie Heart Walk chair, said, “Research has shown adding more steps to your day could add years to your life.”
Patel, a cardiologist at Allegheny Health Network Saint Vincent Hospital, added that what he calls “heartwalking” is “an ongoing, personal commitment to move more by taking small, consistent steps to being Healthy For Good.”
The Allegheny Health Network Saint Vincent Hospital, Highmark, UPMC Health Plan, UPMC Hamot, The Plastek Group, Erie Insurance Group, and Giant Eagle.
Donors have about two months remaining to make their contribution count toward the walk’s $250,00 goal.
For more information, or to donate, visit heart.org/eriewalk/.