The 5K walk/ non-competitive run encourage healthy habits while raising funds to support the American Heart Association’s research and education efforts to fight heart disease and stroke – the nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 causes of death. Before the walk, participants are encouraged to explore the expo area, which includes a Kid Zone, educational booths, heart-healthy food, and health screenings. Registration for the 5k walk is free. Walkers who raise a minimum of $100 are eligible for a Heart Walk Prize T-shirt.
“As a leading provider of award-winning cardiac services in Ventura County, St. John’s Regional Medical Center is proud to announce our three-year sponsorship of the American Heart Association’s Life is Why initiative in Ventura County,” said Darren Lee, President and CEO of St. John’s Regional Medical Center and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital. “Life is Why” encourages our local community to improve their heart health by providing education and resources as well as sponsor and support local events like the Ventura Heart Walk. St. John’s Regional Medical Center is proud to work alongside the American Heart Association to build a healthier community.”
The annual Ventura County Heart Walk raises funds for research and initiatives that promote prevention, treatment, community outreach and better patient care in areas related to heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. The American Heart Association is dedicated to building healthier lives free of heart disease and stroke. Heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases claim more than 831,000 lives every year. The AHA’s goal is to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent by 2020.
The 2016 Ventura County Heart Walk is sponsored nationally by Subway. The local “My Heart. My Life” sponsor for Ventura County is St. John’s Regional Medical Center, a Dignity Health Hospital of the Central Coast. Local sponsors include Union Bank, Amgen, Bank of America, Community Memorial Health System, UCLA Health, Pacific Coast Business Times, The TradeDesk, Citizens Business Bank, Montecito Bank & Trust and Wells Fargo.
For more information and to register, please visit venturaheartwalk.org or call (805) 445-7050.