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American Heart Association asks “What Is Your Why?”

There are moments in life we wish we could freeze in time. We live them. We live for them. They are intimately personal. They are moments we share.

What is life if we cannot experience these moments of joy, wonder and happiness?

As we get consumed by the busyness of life, the American Heart Association is encouraging people to slow down and take stock of what is most important in their lives. The organization’s tagline “Life Is Why” allows people determine their “why” – their reason for making healthy lifestyle choices that will enable them to live longer, healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

The mission of the American Heart Association comes to life at the annual Indianapolis Heart Walk & 5K on Saturday, September 12. Thousands of participants will come together in White River State Park to celebrate life, including many who are survivors of heart disease and stroke.

The event includes a Kids Zone as well as a special Indy’s Child photo booth where you can get your picture taken for a mock cover of the magazine.

Participation is free, however, participants are encouraged to raise funds to support the American Heart Association.

“In the last 50 years, we’ve seen a 70 percent reduction in the heart disease mortality rate,” says event chairman Monte Curnutt. “Despite that, heart disease remains the leading cause of death in our country. The dollars raised at the Heart Walk support cutting-edge research and life-saving educational programs right here in central Indiana that will continue to save lives from heart disease and stroke.”

More information is available at www.IndyHeartWalk.org.

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