Alaskans step up to fight heart disease and stroke

Published: Sep. 22, 2018 at 3:56 PM AKDT
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More than 1200 Alaskans stepped up to fight heart disease and stroke Saturday morning.

Dustin Morris with the American Heart Association attended the event and says 80% of life-threatening events related to heart disease could be prevented with simple lifestyle changes.

“Going for a simple walk, even from your desk to the water fountain, to the bathroom several times a day, that gets your heart pumping, ”Morris added. “that get those steps in for the day, those 10,000 steps are critical, and getting a 150 minutes of exercise per week, is what's recommended for adults.”

Saturday's event raised more than $270,000 for the American Heart Association.

Funds will help support research, education and community programs.