President of North Jersey Hospital Leads Heart Walk in Local Community

The Greater Northern New Jersey Heart Walk is back at the Zoo for more Heart Healthy fun!

SADDLE BROOK — The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association will host its annual Greater Northern New Jersey Heart Walk on Sunday, October 21, in the South Mountain Recreation Complex at the Turtle Back Zoo!

Under the leadership of Alan Lieber, President of Overlook Medical Center and Vice President of Atlantic Health System, the community will continue to rally together in support of the fight against heart disease and stroke.  As chair of the event, Mr. Lieber will recruit volunteers, businesses and organizations to support the Heart Walk, which drives the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

The Greater Northern NJ Heart Walk, locally sponsored by Bayer, Atlantic Health System, ADP, Novartis, RWJ Barnabas, The Allergan Foundation, BARD, NJM Insurance Group, AIG, WDHA-FM, TAPinto and many more, brings hundreds of Essex, Morris, Union, Sussex, Somerset and Warren County families, organizations and businesses together annually for a fun event filled with cardiovascular wellness.

The walk also raises funds to support the fight against heart disease and stroke – our nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 leading causes of death.  Held in more than 305 communities nationwide, the Heart Walk is designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living through a fun environment that’s rewarding for the entire family.

Research shows that not only do active parents raise active children, it also puts kids on the right path to maintain a healthy weight to prevent heart disease, cancer and stroke.  The American Heart Association recommends that kids over 2 years old should participate in an hour of physical activity a day.  Although an hour each day may seem like a lot, there are many ways in which you can incorporate physical activity into your family’s daily routine.  From family dance parties, playing with your pets, nearby hiking trails and house chores, there are many ways in which you can be a role model for your family and help them get the recommended physical activity.

Walking is the simplest way to kickstart your family fitness fun!  Not only is walking an easy start, it is the safest and most effective form of exercise to achieve heart health.  Start working towards your family goal and join us at the Greater Northern New Jersey Heart Walk!

To learn more or to register to walk click here, contact (201) 518- 1966 or email judith.friedland@heart.org.

The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are 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 American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country.

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