2017 Heart Walk to draw thousands to Downtown Providence


PROVIDENCE – (May 31, 2017)
– The American Heart Association’s Southern New England Heart Walk will take place on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. at Station Park in Providence, drawing several thousand walkers from across Southern New England. The event will kick off with a speaking program and warm up at 7:30 a.m. in Station Park, then walkers will proceed along one of two walking routes through downtown.  

The American Heart Association’s signature fundraising event, the Heart Walk features a special “heart and stroke survivor” route as well as a longer 3.5-mile walk route. The event will include entertainment, free health screenings, giveaways, a kids’ zone, and healthy snacks.  The Kids Heart Challenge, a ½ mile obstacle course for kids ages 5 to twelve, will also be kicked off after the walk. 

Heart disease and stroke remain the leading health threats to all Americans. This is what inspires families, friends and co-workers from all over Southern New England to form Heart Walk teams. Many will walk in honor or in memory of loved ones affected by heart disease, stroke and congenital heart defects. 

The 2017 Heart Walk in Providence occurs less than a month after the Southern New England Heart Walk at UMass Dartmouth on May 13, 2017, which raised more than $80,000. Last year, the 2016 Heart Walk drew more than 7,000 participants and raised over $800,000 for the fight against heart disease and stroke. The American Heart Association uses the funds raised through the Heart Walk to finance cutting-edge scientific research, conduct public and professional educational programs and advocate for public health. In Rhode Island alone, the American Heart Association funds more than $1.9 million in scientific research annually. 

The Heart Walk is nationally sponsored by Subway. Local sponsors include: CVS Health, Care New England, Lifespan, Boston Scientific, Bristol County Savings Bank,     Bryant University Physician Assistant Program, Amgen, G. Lopes Construction, Southcoast Health System, Hawthorn Medical Associates, Charter Care Health Partners, C&S Insurance Agency, New England Laborers' Tri-Funds, St. Anne’s Hospital, South County Health, and United Healthcare/Optum. 

For more information on the 2017 Heart Walk, please SNEHeartWalk.org or visit www.SNEHeartWalk.org. #ProvHeartWalk #SNEHeartWalk

(release from American Heart Association/Southern New England)