Dayton, OH - The American Heart Association’s annual Heart Walk will attract hundreds of community members on September 18, 2022, for a 5k run and walk around Day Air Ball Park to build healthier lifestyles and raise lifesaving funds for heart and stroke research.

Two brilliant women will lead the charge – Alina Joseph and Jessica Jones will co-chair this year’s event.

Alina Joseph serves as the Executive Director of the Heart & Vascular Service for Kettering Health. Joseph’s commitment to the American Heart Association is personal. All four of her grandparents suffered from heart-related conditions. She’s now making choices to improve her heart health. She believes research, education, and resources related to heart disease are the first steps of knowledge and awareness that lead to life changes.

Jessica Jones has lived in Dayton for over 35 years. She’s the President/CEO at Universal 1 Credit Union.

Jones has felt the impacts of Covid on her overall health. Changes in the world have shifted her gym and healthy routines in the last few years. Now- she’s recommitting to focusing on health so she can live healthier longer and is hoping to inspire others to take charge of their health.

The Heart Walk is designed to create a stronger community among participants, instill a passion for reducing disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke, and generate excitement for a new or renewed commitment to heart-healthy living through physical activity and healthy eating.


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 heart.orgFacebookTwitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1. 


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