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To Your Health: Heart walk in September at Moraine

Hundreds walkers will show their support during Metro Chicago Heart Walk around campus Moraine Valley Community College Palos Hills. |

Hundreds of walkers will show their support during the Metro Chicago Heart Walk around the campus of Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills. | File Photo

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Updated: September 23, 2012 6:11AM



Chicagoans will be walking to fight heart disease and stroke at the annual Metro Chicago Heart Walks next month.

Hosted by the American Heart Association, the walks kick off at 8 a.m. Sept. 22 at Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills.

Additional walks will be Sept. 23 at Harper College in Palatine, Sept. 28 at Grant Park in Chicago and Sept. 29 at the Esplanade at Locust Point in Downers Grove.

This year’s Metro Chicago Heart Walks are expected to attract more than 25,000 people across the four locations with the goal of raising $3 million for the American Heart Association’s research, education and awareness programs in Chicago and throughout the country.

The non-competitive walks feature one- and three-mile routes and a free health festival that includes food, games, giveaways, health screenings, entertainment and other family activities.

The Heart Walks include teams of heart disease and stroke survivors, employees from local companies and people interested in fighting heart disease and stroke, America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers.

Bill Foley, president of Vanguard Health Chicago, is the chairman of this year’s Metro Chicago Heart Walks.

“Cardiovascular disease claims the life of one American every 39 seconds,” Foley said.

“We encourage all Chicagoans to join us at the Metro Chicago Heart Walks this fall. Together we can raise the funds we need to support the American Heart Association’s lifesaving research and education programs,” he said.

Local sponsors of the Metro Chicago Heart Walk are Meijer and Advocate Health Care. The Heart Walk’s local signature sponsor is Vanguard Health Chicago.

Information and registration for the Metro Chicago Heart Walks is at www.metrochicagoheartwalk.org.

Information about the American Heart Association is at www.heart.org.



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