Walk Your Heart Out

Once Again, Rwjbarnabas Health Is Teaming Up With The American Heart Association To Raise Funds For Lifesaving Cardiovascular Research.

On Sunday, October 25, the American Heart Association (AHA) will hold the Virtual Shoreline Heart Walk to raise $175,000 for cardiovascular research. Among the goals: to prevent strokes, correct heart defects in babies, and find better ways to treat high blood pressure. The AHA is currently providing more than $3.2 million in funding for cardiovascular research in New Jersey.

This year, RWJBarnabas Health Southern Region President Bill Arnold, MHA, will chair the walk, which will be virtual to ensure the health and safety of all participants. “We’re thrilled Bill Arnold is leading our 2020 campaign,” says Tara Novak, Regional Director, Shoreline NJ, at the AHA. “With his involvement, we have the potential to reach new heights of success and community impact. We are grateful for the support of RWJBarnabas Health. Many of the system’s leaders serve on our boards and committees or chair events and campaigns.”

Apart But Together

Anyone can participate in the virtual event by walking in their neighborhood or engaging in physical activity of their choice at home. Participants will be able to join an event web page on the day of the Heart Walk and take part in activities. As always, people can participate individually or as part of a team. Some families team up to honor a heart attack or stroke survivor or memorialize someone who died from cardiovascular disease. The AHA encourages participants to create their own fundraising web pages to request donations from friends and family.

Area residents will benefit from the walk in several ways. Those who participate in the event will receive information on healthy lifestyle habits and nutrition. In addition, people will benefit from the enhanced cardiovascular education and care funded by the event. “I’m honored to serve as chair of the Virtual Shoreline Heart Walk, which brings together Monmouth and Ocean counties,” says Arnold. “It’s critical to support the AHA’s mission of improving cardiovascular health especially during this extraordinary time.”

Your heart doesn’t beat just for you. Get it checked. You can reach out to a Monmouth or Ocean County cardiac specialist here. To register and learn more about the Virtual Shoreline Heart Walk, visit www.shorelineheartwalk.org.