SALT LAKE CITY, September 21, 2023 — The American Heart Association, a global force for healthier lives for all, invites Utahns to the 2023 Heart and Stroke Walk. Taking place on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 8:30 a.m. in Sugar House Park, the Heart & Stroke Walk is the signature fundraising event hosted by the Association focused on heart and brain health for all.

The event includes company and community teams, as well as heart disease and stroke survivors. Participants will enjoy the Little Hearts Lane Kids Zone, “Miracle Mile” survivor route, “Pup-arrazzi” photo experience, cooking demonstrations, F.A.S.T. pitching net (baseball and the stroke warning signs), Hands-Only CPR training and more. This year’s Heart & Stroke Walk is sponsored by Together to End Stroke and Healthy for Good sponsor, University of Utah Health; Live Fierce Take Action sponsor, Optum; presenting sponsor, Rio Tinto; Edwards Lifesciences Foundation, Mortenson and WCF Insurance.

“Heart disease and stroke impact people in very personal and life-changing ways. Through the Heart & Stroke Walk, we’re inspiring Utahns to share WHY they walk and foster real change in our local community,” said Chad Bittner, M.D., American Heart Association Heart Challenge Chair and President & Chief Physician Executive of Optum Utah.

Cardiovascular diseases, including stroke, remain the number one killer of Americans. The funds from Heart and Stroke Walk go towards research, advocacy and CPR training to promote better health in support of the Association’s 2024 Health Equity Impact Goal, reducing barriers to health care access and quality.

“Heart and brain health is important for everyone - it’s a common cause we can come together for,” said Lee Chung, M.D., Telestroke Director, Stroke Center, University of Utah Health. “The Heart and Stroke Walk is a unique opportunity to inspire healthy habits and promote the health and well-being of Utahns.”

Walkers can register for the Heart & Stroke Walk by visiting From there, they can create personal fundraising pages, download the Heart Walk mobile app, and encourage family and friends to join. 


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.orgFacebookInstagramX or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.   

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