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Southwest Riverside Heart & Stroke Walk encourages Americans to 'Move More'


Last updated 4/19/2018 at 4:32am

TEMECULA – The American Heart Association’s Inland Empire Division will host its annual Southwest Riverside County Heart & Stroke Walk at sunset Saturday, April 28, at Lake Skinner, where an estimated 3,500 people will lace up their sneakers and make lifesaving strides. 

Event registration is open, and everyone is encouraged to form or join teams at Participation is free, and donations are welcomed to fight heart disease and stroke, the leading killers in the United States, including the Inland Empire. The event is also a way to encourage Americans to “Move More,” part of the Healthy For Good campaign by the American Heart Association, which is designed to inspire lasting change through small, simple steps. 

Americans are spending more time sitting at work, school or in front of a screen than ever before. Whether it’s walking, running, biking, swimming, playing sports or doing yoga, the goal is for adults to get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise or a combination of both. Kids should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

Being physically active on a regular basis is important to promote overall health and prevent heart disease and stroke, which are responsible for more deaths in the U.S. than all forms of cancer combined. Research has shown that every hour of regular exercise can add about two hours to life expectancy, even if they don’t start until midlife. 

The Southwest Riverside County Heart & Stroke Walk promises to be an exciting occasion for the whole family to “move more.” The day’s main events are the noncompetitive, 5-kilometer walk and a 1-mile Survivor Path. Other highlights include a Community Health and Wellness Expo, kids’ zone featuring games promoting heart health, pet zone and an inspirational glow ceremony.

Among the participants will be many families who lost loved ones to the nation’s leading causes of death and heart disease and stroke survivors. Everyone is invited to be a part of this important community event; it is locally sponsored by Abbott Vascular. To join or learn more, visit or call (951) 384-7747.

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. The association teams with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. To learn more, visit


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