Central Kentuckians are invited to lace up their sneakers and kick off the holiday season at the American Heart Association’s Heartland HeartChase on Tuesday, December 5. The annual event, which hopes to raise $25,000 to fight heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers – begins at 5 p.m. with registration beginning at 4:30 p.m.
“The HeartChase helps us raise critical funds for our mission, and gives us an opportunity to give back to the community,” said Erin Schepman, HeartChase Director for the American Heart Association. “The funds that are raised go to support cardiovascular research in Kentucky as well as preventative education efforts and quality improvement initiatives in hospitals across the Commonwealth.”
Participants will have the one-of-a-kind experience of walking through the lights at Christmas in the Park at Freeman Lake in Elizabethtown before it is opened to motor vehicles that evening.
Co-chairs for the event are Karen Blaiklock, RN from HMH and Heather Whelan from Heartland Communication Consultants.
Blaiklock said she is proud to be part of the HeartChase.
“Exercise and a healthy diet help prevent heart attack and stroke,” said Blaiklock. “As the region’s healthcare leaders, HMH prides itself on supporting this great community event and American Heart Association’s ongoing work in Kentucky.”
The Heartland HeartChase is a component of the Healthy For Good platform, the American Heart Association’s movement that calls on all Americans to embrace an overall healthier lifestyle in order to improve cardiovascular health. This platform is an important component of the American Heart Association’s sweeping national goal: to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent and to reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20 percent by the year 2020.
Nearly 70 percent of Americans do not engage in regular physical activity. This inactivity doubles the risk of heart disease – which is largely preventable through a healthy lifestyle.
Festivities start at 4 p.m., opening ceremony at 4:30 p.m. and the walk promptly at 5 p.m. Participants should park at the Target parking lot and buses will shuttle to registration near USA Bridal. No pets please.
The Heartland HeartChase is sponsored by Hardin Memorial Health, Fort Knox Federal Credit Union, WesBanco, Heartland Communications, Communicare and WQXE. For information on participating, or to donate, visit www.heartchase.org.