The American Heart Association's 2012 Maui Heart Walk exceeded its 2012 fundraising goal, raising over $90,000 for the fight against heart disease and stroke. The Maui Heart Walk drew more than 625 participants. Participants completed the 5K course (twice around Keopuolani Park) to celebrate their commitment to heart-healthy living. Together, they walked almost 1,938 miles. The event was held March 24.
Diseases of the heart are the country's No. 1 cause of death; stroke is No. 4. Locally, over 3,000 Hawai'i residents die of heart disease or stroke annually. A leading risk factor for heart attack and stroke is lack of physical activity.
The Maui Heart Walk is presented locally by continuing sponsors Kaiser Permanente, Maui Electric Co., Hawai'i USA Federal Credit Union, Kilakila Employer Services, Maui Oil, and Wailea Community Association. New local sponsors included HC&S, Mina Pharmacy and Dorvin D. Leis, Inc. The Heart Walk is nationally sponsored by Subway and Jenny Craig.
The American Heart Association also announced that Alvin Imada, senior vice president and neighbor island regional manager of Central Pacific Bank, has accepted the role as chair of the American Heart Association's 2013 Maui Heart Walk.
The leadership team, led by Imada, is focused not only on meeting and surpassing this coming year's fundraising goal, but also on educating the community about the importance of heart health.
"In order to reduce our risk of heart disease and stroke, we need to take a look at our daily lives and habits," Imada noted. "It's never too late to start making heart healthy decisions, but first, someone has to point you in the right direction. And that's our objective."