Surry residents to rally, walk for heart health

The Surry County Heart Walk is coming to Surry Community College on Saturday and registration for teams and individual walkers is now open. Co-workers, families and friends are encouraged to register to walk and raise vital funds to help fight heart disease and stroke in Surry County.

More than 1,100 people in Surry County lost their lives due to heart disease or stroke from 2009-2013. The good news — heart disease and stroke are 80 percent preventable with healthy lifestyle changes and by controlling blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar.

Surry County Community College will be launching its new walking path with the Surry County Heart Walk. Area companies, organizations and families are invited on a heart-healthy one-mile walk in support of the American Heart Association’s lifesaving research and programs aimed at reducing heart disease and stroke in Surry County. Visit to register and be entered to win a Fitbit.

Saturday’s events will begin at 8 a.m. with registration and festivities, and the walk begins at 9 a.m. at parking lot P.

The Surry County Heart Walk is an annual non-competitive walking event designed to bring public awareness to physical activity and a heart-healthy lifestyle, while at the same time raising the critical dollars needed to fund the life-saving mission of the American Heart Association. Walkers from all over the region come out to support the fight against our nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 causes of death — heart disease and stroke. The funds raised from this event support the Tanglewood Heart & Stroke Walk with an annual goal of $600,000.

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