Association Says Save Lives While Staying In

Heart Walk goes virtual

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — 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 moving its Southwest Missouri Heart Walk online.

The Southwest Missouri 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,” said Kayla Moore, Corporate Event Director “This virtual format allows everyone to continue to have fun and support our 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.”

On June 6, Southwest Missouri Heart Walk participants and teams will not physically meet but are invited to get moving at home or around the neighborhood starting at 10:00 am. 

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.

To register, visit www.swmoheartwalk.org. 

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. On the day of, everyone is encouraged to wear their Heart Walk shirt and post pictures and videos to document your activity using #HeartWalk on our Facebook event page.

The Southwest Missouri Heart Walk is sponsored by locally by Mercy, SRC, CoxHealth & Hy-Vee.

The funds raised from the Southwest Missouri Heart Walk go towards research, advocacy, CPR training and to promote better health. 

Visit www2.heart.org to learn more.