Annual Heart Walk encourages healthy lifestyles

TROY, Ala. (TROJANVISION) — Those in the Troy community got their blood pumping at the Pike County Heart Board’s annual Heart Walk.

“It is an annual event we have to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke,” said Alicia Whittington, a board member of the Pike County Heart Board.

The event provides a way for participants to learn more about maintaining a healthy heart.

“A lot of people don’t understand how many strokes kills somebody per year. Heart disease is the number one killer in america. So it’s that, get in and be heart healthy. Be active.”

Jesse Dix participated, 83, in the Heart Walk. He comes to the city recreational center’s walking track almost everyday.

“I got arthritis in both my knees, and my doctor says, ‘you gotta walk,'” Dix said. “He wants me to walk seven days a week.”

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While the main event of the Heart Walk was the upstairs walking track, there were other ways participants could get active. A dance floor was set up on the lower level of the city rec center, and vendors also had activities to encourage different ways of promoting heart health.

“Any type of physical activity for at least thirty minutes a day it increases your heart pumping so we try to increase awareness for that,” Whittington said.

Profits from the Heart Walk were used to donate AED machines to Pike County schools. Those schools included Pike Liberal Arts School, Charles Henderson High School, Goshen High School and New Life Christian Academy.

To learn more about the Pike County Heart Board, you can find them on Facebook.