NEW ORLEANS, La., December 12, 2023 The American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization focused on heart and brain health for all, invited Greater New Orleans back to its premier event to boost physical and mental health through healthy habits, while supporting the lifesaving mission.

On Saturday, November 18, the New Orleans area Heart Walk participants and teams came together at The Shrine on Airline Hwy. to celebrate heart and stroke survivors, raise lifesaving funds and encourage physical activity. Thanks to local sponsors, community teams and more, we walked to raise funds to support research and programs to build a healthier community. The community can still donate to help the campaign reach its goal of $300,000 through the website –

The 2023 New Orleans Heart Walk was led by community chairperson David Theard, Employee Benefits consultant, Cadence Insurance. “Focusing on heart health can be tough in our great city, and the American Heart Association, through the Heart Walk and its other great events, puts heart health at the forefront of our minds,” said Theard. “The Heart Walk is all about promoting the health and well-being of our community and supporting our lifesaving mission in a fun, family-friend event and I am thrilled to have had the chance to lead it over the past year.”

The 2023 New Orleans Heart Walk was sponsored by Atmos Energy, Pan American Life, Gootee Construction, Cadence Insurance, Aetna, and LCMC Health, Ferguson Enterprises, Gallo Mechanical, Insulation Sales & Service, LLC., Metairie Bank, Scott Mouledous, Schully, Strawn & Associates, Inc., Trane Technologies, Air Channel Systems LLC., Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, Chase Bank, Design the Planet, Jones Walker, and Touro. Media sponsors include Outfront Media, New Orleans Magazine, Louisiana Life Magazine, Magic 101.9, and WVUE-TV.

The New Orleans Heart Walk is the signature event of the American Heart Association’s Heart Challenge program which is designed to help companies positively impact employee overall health and wellbeing. The program is anchored in a series of customizable workplace events that inspires  employees  to  be more engaged, reconnect with colleagues, be physically activity, support a great cause and have a lot of fun doing it.

The funds raised go towards research, advocacy, CPR training and to promote better health in support of the Association’s 2024 Health Equity Impact Goal - reducing barriers to health care access and quality.

To learn more about engaging your workforce in Heart Challenge events, or to get engaged with the local American Heart Association, visit or contact for more information.

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About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

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