WEST PALM BEACH — The 2023 Palm Beach County Heart Walk on Nov. 11 at the Meyer Amphitheatre will draw attention to heart health while celebrating survivors of heart disease and stroke. It will also feature a variety of activities, including hands-only CPR demonstrations, meeting therapy dogs, writing thank you cards for veterans and yard games. This year’s Heart Walk is chaired by TBC’s Scott Hurd.
“As a proud veteran of Desert Storm, the Heart Walk on Veterans Day is meaningful to me, and I encourage other veterans to register and come and join us,” Hurd says. “This event is a perfect pairing of two causes I am passionate about: recognizing those who have valiantly served our country and raising awareness about CPR training.”
Only an estimated 1 in 10 people who experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital survive. However, when CPR is performed, that person’s chance of survival can double or even triple.
“Cardiac arrest occurs in more than 350,000 people every year,” Hurd says. “Raising awareness about the need for CPR training aligns with TBC’s core values of leaving everything better in our community and helping us all live, longer, healthier lives.”
Heart disease and stroke are largely preventable and how you eat, move and manage stress impacts your well-being. The Palm Beach County Heart Walk provides resources, tools and activities to support both mental and physical well-being for employers and employees.
“If we can send attendees home with just one piece of information to help them lead a healthier life – learn CPR, replace salt with spices, get 30 minutes of exercise a day, aim for 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night – we can make a massive impact in improving the health of this community,” says Kayla Fox, executive director of the American Heart Association Palm Beach County.
Funds raised through this campaign go to research, advocacy, CPR training and to promote better health in support of the Association’s 2024 Health Equity Impact Goal, reducing barriers to health care access and quality.
Sponsors of the Palm Beach County Heart Walk include Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, TBC Corporation, Mount Sinai New York, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Florida Power & Light Corporation, HCA Florida Healthcare supported by the HCA Healthcare Foundation and Sailun Tire. Media sponsors are Hubbard Radio South Florida, WPTV News Channel 5, and Florida Weekly.
Register today at PalmBeachHeartWalk.org and contact Jessie.Brooks@Heart.org for more information about getting your company involved with the American Heart Association.