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KINGSTON, N.Y. -- Some 400 walkers take part in the 22nd annual American Heart Association's Heart Walk Saturday.
The walk kicked off at Dietz Stadium in Kingston. Participants from over 50 teams laced up their walking shoes, as each person logged between two to four miles.
The American Heart Association said heart disease is the number one killer of Hudson Valley residents. Organizers said the benefits of Saturday's fundraiser are two-fold; raising awareness for a relevant cause, while also giving walkers the opportunity to get in their 30 minutes of walking for the day recommended by the AHA.
Steven Kelley, the Dutchess and Ulster County Chapter Chairman said, “The A.H.A. funds research that has done an amazing job at preventing those deaths. And our goal is to drive that down so fewer and fewer people have to die from heart disease and strokes."
Kelley said they hope to raise over for 400,000 at Saturday's walk. Meanwhile, the American heart association points out that adhering to lifestyle choices involving diet, exercise, and non-smoking can prevent 83 percent of heart issues.