Spokane residents “heartwalking” to fight heart disease, stroke

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American Heart Association's annual Healthy For Good™ Heart Walk encourages exercise, raises funds to save lives

Saturday, September 23, 2017
Registration: 9 a.m. | Start time: 10 a.m.
Student Academic Center - WSU Spokane Campus

Spokane, WA—More than 1,000 Spokane area residents are expected to raise their heart rates and more than $120,000 to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke at the local American Heart Association Healthy For Good™ Heart and Stroke Walk.

Locally sponsored by Providence Health Care, individuals, teams and companies are encouraged to sign up at SpokaneHeartWalk.org for the non-competitive, three-mile walk or a 1-mile route for heart disease and stroke survivors. A kids’ dash will also be offered to support healthy families.

Individuals, teams and companies can sign up in advance at SpokaneHeartWalk.org for the non-competitive, three-mile walk or a 1-mile route for cardiovascular disease survivors. A pre-walk kids dash will also be offered to support healthy families.

“The Healthy For Good Heart Walk is a fun way to invest in your health and that of future generations, while honoring those who have been impacted by heart disease, stroke and congenital heart defects. Patients like my co-chair Jeremy White,” said Rick Friedlander, Spokane Heart Walk co-chair.

This is the second year that Spokane resident Jeremy White is serving as a chair for the Spokane Heart Walk. Jeremy has traveled all over the world and enjoyed an active life until a sudden heart problem hit the pause button. For the last two years, Jeremy’s heart has pumped with the assistance of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) while he is on the transplant list for a new heart.

In addition to the walk routes, participants will enjoy a pre-and-post event health expo with information booths, a kids zone, healthy snacks and more.

“This year we are encouraging participants to keep ‘heartwalking’ throughout the year,” said Friedlander. “Heartwalking is more than raising money for the cause or going for a walk, it’s an ongoing, personal commitment to move more by taking small, consistent steps to being Healthy For Good.”

“Walking or participating in any exercise that raises your heart rate can boost your energy, strength and mood, while fending off serious health issues like obesity, high blood pressure, poor cholesterol and bone loss,” said Sean A. Spangler, MD, and cardiologist at Providence Spokane Heart Institute. The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week for adults and 60 minutes of physical activity per day for children.1

Research has shown adding more steps to your day could add years to your life.2 “Moving more doesn’t have to be hard—take the stairs, park further away, ditch the conference room and take your meeting on a walk. The key is to find activities you enjoy and make them part of your daily routine, added Dr. Spangler.”

Making these small changes to improve overall wellness is the foundation of the association’s new Healthy For Good movement, which provides practical information to help people eat smart, add color, move more and be well.

“I believe that without funding for the life-saving research that the American Heart Association funds, I wouldn’t be alive today,” said Jeremy White, Spokane Heart Walk co-chair. “Seeing the Spokane community come together and participate and fundraise for such an important cause, fills my mechanical heart.”


  • 1Benjamin EJ et al; on behalf of the American Heart Association Statistics Committee and Stroke Statistics Subcommittee. Heart disease and stroke statistics—2017 update: a report from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2017;135(10):e51. doi: 10.1161/CIR.0000000000000485.
  • 2Moore SC et al. Leisure time physical activity of moderate to vigorous intensity and mortality: a large pooled cohort analysis. PLoS Med. 2012;9(11):e1001335. Doe: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001335

About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke—the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. heart disease and stroke survivors. A kids’ dash will also be offered to support healthy families.