You may remember, about a week and a half ago I wrote a post about the Valencia Foundation. This was for a program I’m participating in called Blogging for Good.
On September 15th, I’m attending the Central Florida Bloggers Conference in Orlando, FL. The conference is promoting Blogging for Good, where bloggers and speakers write to bring awareness to six amazing non-profit organizations that are doing great things in Central Florida.
One of the non-profits, or rather, events, that I’m inspired to write about is the Greater Orlando Heart Walk. Today I’d like to step away from my usual style of posts to tell you about this amazing event I stand behind.
What is the Greater Orlando Heart Walk?
The Greater Orlando Heart Walk is a fundraiser put on annually by the American Heart Association. This year’s Heart Walk is a 5K (or a 1 mile survivor route) around Loch Haven Park and several scenic lakes near downtown Orlando.
Each year, more than a million people in hundreds of cities across the country join the Heart Walk to take a stand against heart disease, and help raise money and awareness that will save lives.
This year, the event goal is $1,400,000. With almost 10 days left to go, the participants have raised $950,133 in donations so far! That’s pretty spectacular for just one city! This money helps to fund projects like these:
- Improving the quality of health care by helping patients with severe heart attacks get the services they need to survive
- Advocating for better health through the You’re the Cure volunteer network, which includes P.E. requirements in schools and passing clean air legistlation
- Reaching out to at-risk populations by recruiting opinion leaders to raise awareness and share information in their own communities
- Raising awareness through Go Red for Women to encourage women to make their health a priority
- Protecting the future by helping children develop healthy habits in order to prevent obesity and diabetes
Why is the Heart Walk important?
Heart disease is the number 1 killer of Americans and kills more women than all forms of cancer combined! Heart defects are also the main cause of death in infants with birth defects. When I was a child, my dad suffered a heart attack at a very young age due to poor health, and I’ve always had to keep a watchful eye on my own heart because of childhood irregularities.
Now that I’m a little older, I’m making lifestyle choices conducive to good health and longevity. In fact, I recently began running in hopes of increasing my cardiovascular endurance and beating my heart problems once and for all. As a health and fitness blogger, I know how important it is to spread the message of good health and inspire people to make the right choices.
Through Heart Walk, the American Heart Association is able to do on a much grander scale what I strive to do daily. The money raised will help fund projects that aim to reduce the rate of heart-related illnesses through education and awareness. According to the AHA, this benefits our community directly by:
Putting up-to-the-minute research into doctors’ hands so they can better prevent and treat heart disease among patients.
Groundbreaking pediatric heart and stroke research. About 36,000 babies are born with heart defects each year —research is the key to saving babies’ lives.
Getting life-saving information to those who need it most – information that can save a life, like how to eat better, how to recognize the warning signs of heart attack, and how to talk to a doctor about critical health choices.
How can you help?
Attend the Greater Orlando Heart Walk
- Saturday, September 15, 2012
- 7am festivities and 8am Heart Walk
- Loch Haven Park
900 East Princeton Street
Orlando, Florida 32803
- Register here
Support a Participant
If you know anyone participating in the Heart Walk, please consider making a donation in their name.
Spread the Word
- Tweet, Facebook, Pin and share this post
- Spread awareness in the Central Florida community
Thank you for taking the time to read this post and learn about the Greater Orlando Heart Walk! If you’re not from the Central Florida area, I encourage you to participate in a Heart Walk event in your area. Form a team, enlist some coworkers, or walk by yourself for a great cause!
In full disclosure, I am writing this as part of a contest, but win or lose, I stand 100% behind the Greater Orlando Heart Walk and the American Heart Association.
Do you work with any non-profit organizations in your community? How do you help to spread their message?