WEST ORANGE, NJ — Community members proved that the is power in numbers thousands of North Jersey residents came together for the American Heart Association’s 2019 Greater Northern New Jersey Heart Walk and join the fight against heart disease and stroke. 

The walk—sponsored by ADP, RWJBarnabas Health, Atlantic Health System, AIG, Bayer, NJM Insurance Group, Phelps Construction Group, PSEG, Englewood Health, Titanium Industries and media sponsors, NJ Biz, TAPinto.net and WDHA radio—was recently held at the South Mountain Recreation Complex in West Orange.

More than 30 heart and stroke survivors joined families, coworkers and friends for a day filled with cardiovascular wellness, education and fun. Heartwalkers were greeted by volunteers in fruit and vegetable costumes encouraging us all to be healthy for good, a live DJ, food trucks, heart-healthy activities and more. 

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Emcee Bryan Civitarese, welcomed all as the crowd gathered to hand out lifestyle change awards, hear stories from local survivors, and recognize all lives who have been saved as well as those we walk for in remembrance. The non-competitive, 1.7-or 3.4-mile Heart Walk is still focused on its initial assignment, funding groundbreaking research and lifesaving programs through the passion of walking together to change lives.

As the walk concluded, guests were invited to explore the “heart village,” where sponsors and vendors educated them about leading a healthy lifestyle.

The Greater Northern NJ Heart Walk is among 300 Heart Walks held in communities across the nation. Nearly 1 million people, all of whom are dedicated to progressing life-saving science, walk each year for a singular mission: to cure heart disease and stroke.

According to the American Heart Association, about 2,150 Americans die each day due to from heart disease, which is the No. 1 killer in the United States. Stroke, the No. 5 killer and leading cause of severe disability, claims the lives of nearly 219,000 each year.

The Heart Walk funds research to deliver progressive, life-saving science as big solutions to a big problem. Since its inception, mortality rates from cardiovascular disease and stroke have plummeted by 45 percent, according to the American Heart Association. Although there have been great strides made in how heart disease and stroke are diagnosed and treated, there is far more work to be done.

For more information, visit greaternnjheartwalk.org. 

TAPinto.net is a media sponsor for the American Heart Association Greater Northern New Jersey chapter.