Central MA Heart and Stroke Walk set for May 11

WORCESTER – Thousands will be walking for heart and brain health at the American Heart Association Central Massachusetts Heart and Stroke Walk on Saturday, May 11, at the DCR’s Quinsigamond State Park, Lake Park in Worcester. About one in three adults participate in NO leisure physical activity at all. At the Central MA Heart and Stroke Walk, we are urging Bay Staters to get moving!

A healthy lifestyle is our best weapon against heart disease and stroke, the nation’s No.1 and No.5 killers. The 2.5 or 5 mile walk is a great way to spend a morning with members of the Central Massachusetts community. Dr. Michelle Hadley, chair of the event and cardiologist and co-chair of Saint Vincent Hospital Women’s Health & Lifestyle Center, will be kicking off the walk with Hank Stolz of the Hank Stolz Experience.

A highlight of the event will be training walkers in CPR. CPR can double or even triple the chances of survival and Hands-Only CPR only takes two steps. Step 1: Call 9-1-1. Step 2: Push hard and fast in the center of the chest. Last year over 200 participants were trained in CPR and are now prepared to save a life if called upon.

In addition to the CPR training, there will be a mascot dance contest, kid-friendly activities, and music. The Heart Walk is locally sponsored by UMass Memorial Medical Center and media sponsors WXLO Radio. Be a Heart Walk hero! For more information, please visit www.CentralMAHeartWalk.org.

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