This Saturday, Oct 17, head on out and support the American Heart Association at the 2015 Puget Sound Heart & Stroke Walk. The Heart & Stroke Walk celebrates those who have made lifestyle changes and encourages many more to take the pledge to live healthier lifestyles while raising the dollars needed to fund life-saving research and initiatives in our local community. Show your support and join in this year. Bring your energy, your passions, and your stories.

The American Heart Association’s mission is to Build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The goal is by 2020, to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20 percent.

In 1999, the American Heart Association set a bold 10-year goal: To reduce coronary heart disease, stroke and risk by 25 percent by 2010. The reduction in deaths was achieved ahead of schedule, and substantial progress was made against three of the six risk factors. The 2020 Impact Goal focuses on helping people build stronger health and a better quality of life.

The American Heart Association strives to make a difference through improving patient care, advocating for better health, reaching out to populations at risk, raising awareness, as well as educating and protecting our future. Support them in their goals this weekend and head on out! More information at www.pugetsoundheartwalk.kintera.org