The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is proud to announce the #FitDC Healthy Hearts Walk to keep DC residents on a path to fitness and to build awareness for cardiovascular disease during American Heart Month. The walk takes place February 10, at 10 a.m. at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens.
Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the world, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This free family-friendly event will encourage individuals to commit to more healthy and active lifestyle. Walkers are able to learn more about heart disease and prevention, while getting a quick workout, a free t-shirt and more.
“Walking is a low-impact exercise that many people can do and Kenilworth Park is a great environment for a walk,” said DPR Director Keith Anderson. “We are excited to start a new tradition built around getting residents healthier and informed about an important issue.”
Healthy Hearts Walk partners include American Heart Association, Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine and Vida Fitness.
DPR has enlisted local leaders and business owners to be “Brave Hearts,” who will greet walkers and lead stretches of the Healthy Hearts Walk.
Walkers will stride around the Kenilworth track with entertainment and vendors within earshot to keep the festive mood. There will also be an alternate route for runners who would prefer a more intense workout.