SADDLE RIVER, NJ – The Greater Northern New Jersey Heart Walk combines three former walks (Essex County, Morris County and Union County) into one “mega” walk taking place on Sunday, Oct. 23 at the ADP Corporate Headquarters in Roseland.

Registration on Oct. 23 will open at 8 a.m. while the Heart Walk kicks off at 10 a.m.

The American Heart Association’s signature fundraising event, the Heart Walk, features a one-or three-mile, non-competitive walk, free health screenings, entertainment, cardiovascular advice from experts, giveaways, a “kids’ zone” and healthy snacks. 

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“Through education, encouragement and sheer will, we as a community can take that giant step toward our own heart health while inspiring others to do the same,” said Mark Connolly, MD, FACS, FACC, President of the American Heart Association in Northern New Jersey and Chairman, Department of Surgery, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center. “The 2016 Bergen Passaic Heart Walk is an opportunity to take that first step.”

Connolly described the event as a “fun-filled activity for families, companies and community organizations to rally around a great cause, while also taking advantage of free resources like heart-health information, CPR demonstrations, health screenings and more.”

This year, for the first time, the American Heart Association introduces the “Kids Heart Challenge.” The Challenge is a half-mile course with obstacles designed specifically for children ages 5-12.

Every participant will receive a “Kids Heart Challenge” bandana upon registration and a finisher medal.

A $10 donation per child is required and parents must complete a waiver for children to participate.

Heart disease and stroke remain the leading health threats to all Americans. According to organizers, this is what inspires families, friends and co-workers from across Northern New Jersey to form heart-walk teams. 

Many will walk in honor or in memory of loved ones affected by heart disease, stroke and congenital heart defects on Oct. 23. The American Heart Association uses the funds raised through Heart Walk to finance cutting-edge scientific research, conduct public and professional education programs and advocate for public health. 

The Heart Walk is sponsored nationally by Subway. Local sponsors include Bayer, NJM Insurance Group, RWJBarnabas Health, Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Pharmacy and Kessler Rehabilitation Institute. Media sponsors are WDHA-FM, WMTR-AM and PIX 11.

For more information on the Greater Northern New Jersey Heart Walk visit www.greaterNNJheartwalk.orgor call Tyi Moultry at 201-518-1959. 

TAPinto.net is a proud sponsor of the Greater Northern New Jersey Heart Walk, which combines Essex County, Morris County and Union County into one “mega” walk, on Sunday, Oct. 23.