With the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic keeping more Americans at home, the American Heart Association is embracing the new normal and moving its iconic Upstate Heart Walk online.
“Now, more than ever, we’re all looking for ways to connect with others, stay active and stay encouraged,” said Kelly Wilkins, executive director of the American Heart Association. “This virtual format allows everyone to continue to have fun and support our lifesaving mission while adapting to spending more time at home.”
On April 11, Upstate community members are invited to get moving at home or around the neighborhood starting at 9 a.m. Starting now, participants can join the Virtual Upstate Heart Walk Facebook event page for information and resources on how to stay healthy at home.
“Leading up to the event we’re working with local fitness centers to bring a variety of workouts that are easy to do at home,” said Wilkins. “We’re also sharing nutrition tips and ways to manage stress. This can all be found on our Facebook event page.”
In addition to providing these resources, the AHA will share stories of survivors and how funds generated through the Heart Walk are working to save lives in our local community.
“Millions of people are counting on us for science-based information, health resources, community programs and patient support. We know that people with cardiovascular diseases are more likely to be seriously impacted by COVID-19 so, it’s important we keep moving forward.”
Want to participate? Here’s how:
- Register your virtual team at upstateheartwalk.org
- Select “going” on the Virtual Upstate Heart Walk Facebook event page
- Join the conversation online using #UpstateHeartWalk