Louisville hosts annual American Heart Association Heart Walk


Ofelia Mattingly

To raise money to help people who are suffering from heart diseases, the American Heart Association hosted the 2019 Heart Walk on Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 8-4:30 pm at Waterfront Park’s South Great Lawn, with the help of many different sponsors.

The 27-year-old Kentuckiana Heart Walk is about getting people to think more about the choices they make about their health and their family’s health.

“The idea behind the Heart Walk is to get people thinking about their health, exercise and about the default choice becoming the healthy choice. So that might be tweaking your drinking habits because a lot of people drink soft drinks and sweetened beverages. We have a booth out here sponsored by Mortenson Family Dental today showing you how to rethink your drink and use fruit in your water, which is natural sugar and still tastes good, but it’s less artificial sweeteners,” Ashley Mason, Executive Heart Director for the Heart Association, said.

Families stamp their hands inside hearts that say things they can do to remain healthy. Photo by Ofelia Mattingly.

Many different companies sponsored the Heart Walk to bring more awareness to the cause and to help out families who have a victim of a heart disease.

“My mom is a survivor of a heart issue so it is important to me personally,” Donna Winbeig said. “and it’s important to the company [Brown-Forman].”

The heart walk has been improving and adding stuff to make the event more enjoyable for adults, children and even pets.

“They change it up every year. All the games here are new, they obviously do the pet stuff which is cool, but I think the cool thing is that it gets better each year. This year is ten times busier than last year was,” Michael Sorrisi, Planet Fitness employee, said.

Kids and teens enjoy the new addition the Heart Association added to prepare them for the day. Photo by Ofelia Mattingly.