Heart disease and stroke continue to kill more people in the U.S. than any other cause, despite, and likely even due to, the impact of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. That trend is likely to continue for years to come as the long-term impact of the novel coronavirus will directly affect cardiovascular health. It’s never been a better time to find new ways to boost physical and emotional health and to raise funds that can help save lives for generations to come. Joining the Greater Washington Region Heart Walk is a great way to socially connect and get moving — all while making an impact across our community. This year, you can Heart Walk here, there or anywhere, and no matter the path you take, your support saves and improves lives in the greater Washington region and beyond!

We’re stepping into the fall and Heart Walk season with three easy ways to move more, recognize Heart Heroes, and advocate for a world of longer, healthier lives.

Get registered at GreaterWashingtonHeartWalk.org.

When you participate in the Heart Walk, you help to ensure more cardiovascular research is funded, more hospitals administer the highest standards of care and champion health equity.

To register, visit GreaterWashingtonHeartWalk.org. From there, download the Heart Walk mobile app to stay up to date on Heart Walk news and encourage friends and family to join via email or social media. Walk with us at our celebration on the National Mall on Nov. 6, pop up your own campus Heart Walk with your employees or create your own start line in your neighborhood. Show us how you Heart Walk with #DCHeartWalk and register today to stay informed as plans and community guidelines evolve.

Take steps toward better health with the 30-Day Step Challenge presented by Sheehy Auto Stores.

Get moving while protecting the hearts you love with the 30-Day Step Challenge presented by Sheehy Auto Stores. Download the Heart Walk mobile app to get registered and challenge yourself, your friends and your family to move more!

The Step Challenge begins on Oct. 8 and ends with top movers and fundraisers being recognized after Walk weekend.

“We are thrilled to once again support the 30-Day Step Challenge and the Heart Walk because we want everyone to know that taking small steps can add up to big changes in health and well-being,” said Vince Sheehy, president of Sheehy Auto Stores.

Research shows that more people in the U.S. are sitting more and moving less than they did prior to the pandemic, and healthy life expectancy can be positively impacted by increasing activity. The AHA recommends 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week. See if you can log at least 30 minutes a day leading up to the Walk.

Recognize a local ‘Heart Hero’ for their commitment to health and wellness.

Do you know someone who is local, active-duty military or a veteran who has made lifestyle changes to improve their overall health and well-being? The AHA is recognizing local military personnel and veterans for taking steps toward better heart health. Nominations are open for the 2021 Heart Hero Award presented by SAIC. Submit your nominations to jp.wiley@heart.org by Oct. 31.

Cynthia Cifuentes

“The past year has shown us the importance of coming together — even virtually or from a distance — to support a common cause,” said Cynthia Cifuentes, 2021 Heart Challenge Chair and Vice President Brand, Communications and Community Engagement at Kaiser Permanente. “Kaiser Permanente is a health care delivery system fundamentally rooted in preventative medicine and promoting healthy lifestyle choices in our community, including heart health. We are honored to support the 2021 Greater Washington Heart Walk and invite you to join us as we take steps toward better heart health for all in our community.”

Funds raised by the annual Walk lead to medical breakthroughs, transform health care systems, support stronger public health policy, and much more. The Greater Washington Region Heart Walk is only possible with the support of our local sponsors, including Kaiser Permanente, Sheehy Auto Stores, Blake Real Estate, KPMG, Leidos, Peraton, SAIC, Pernix Consulting, Digital Realty, GEICO, Millennium Corporation, Phone2Action, Booz Allen Hamilton and Executive Mosaic.

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This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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