FINDLAY — The virtual Hancock County Heart Walk will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 20, via Facebook.
Opening ceremonies will be at 8 a.m. Participants will be encouraged to take a walk or set up their own exercises. To register, visit www.heart.org/hancockcountywalk.
Findlay, OH - April 13, 2020 — With the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic keeping more Americans at home, the American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization focused on heart and brain health for all, is embracing the new normal and launching a virtual Heart Walk experience on June 20 with plans to hold a traditional Heart Walk when social gatherings are safe.
The Hancock County Heart Walk is a fun and meaningful way to celebrate heart and stroke survivors, raise lifesaving funds and encourage physical activity. “Now, more than ever, we’re all looking for ways to connect with others, stay active and stay encouraged,” says Josh Eberle, City of Findlay Fire Chief and 2020 Heart Walk co-chair.
“This virtual format allows everyone to continue to have fun and support the AHA lifesaving mission, while adapting to spending more time at home. We are grateful for the support from our community and can’t wait to see how everyone makes the Heart Walk their own,” added Heart Walk co-chair Dr. Tom Grace, Director of Blanchard Valley Diabetes Center.
On June 20, Hancock County Heart Walk participants and teams will not physically meet, but are encouraged to participate virtually on the Hancock County Heart Walk Facebook event page and get moving at home or around the neighborhood. Everyone is encouraged to post pictures and videos to document their activity using #HancockHasHeart and #WalkWhereYouAre and #HeartWalk. Here are a few fun activities to consider choosing from:
Take a walk outside (while following current social distancing guidelines).
Get the whole family involved and have an indoor dance party.
Try out a few strengthening exercises like push-ups, lunges and squats.
Create an at home circuit workout.
The Hancock County Heart Walk is sponsored locally by Marathon Petroleum Corporation, and funds raised go towards local wellness initiatives, prevention education and CPR training. “One of Marathon Petroleum’s top priorities is the health and well-being of our employees and the communities where we operate, and we are grateful to the American Heart Association for its role in promoting heart health within the region,” said Marathon Petroleum Medical Director Dr. James P. Dowling. “We are excited to help emphasize the importance of cardiovascular and mental health through this virtual event during these unprecedented times. We are also looking forward to joining together as a community for a traditional Heart Walk when it is safe for social gatherings once again.”
To register, visit www.heart.org/hancockcountywalk . From there, participants can stay up to date by downloading the Heart Walk mobile app and encourage friends and family to join in via e-mail or on social media. For more information contact Kerri Rochelle at Kerri.Rochelle@heart.org or 419-936-0638 or click here.