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American Heart Association Works Towards Healthy Hearts

More people are taking up the fight against heart disease. About 2,400 people put on their walking shoes for the Gulf Coast American Heart Walk on Saturday. Organizers say that's 1,000 more people than last year.

The walk, which started at Jones Park in Gulfport, helps the American Heart Association fund research and education. Heart-related illness kills more people in Harrison County than anything else. Some people walking wore red hats to signify that they've survived strokes and heart attacks Unfortunately some of them have loved ones who did not.

"I've run across people all the time that have heart trouble and my father-in-law died of heart trouble years ago when they didn't have things like this walk," walk participant Gene Buckner said.

"I'm sorry that I lost my sister at such a young age, but it happened," Sidney Wedgeworth said. "Now maybe I can do something to help other people that may be in the same situation."

Organizers say the walk raised about $150,000 today. Their goal was $130,000.

Here are some tips from the American Heart Association to reduce the risk of a heart attack:

  1. Don't Smoke
  2. Control High Blood Pressure
  3. Eat a Low-Fat, Low-Chloesterol Diet
  4. Be Physically Active
  5. Maintain a Healthy Weight

by Danielle Thomas

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