The free, 5K (3.1 miles) noncompetitive walk begins in Kaplan Commons at 9 a.m. Tents and check-in open at 8 a.m. followed by a “Puppy Parade” at 8:45 a.m. There will be an after-party with music and light refreshments beginning at 9:30 a.m. Strollers and leashed dogs are allowed, and the route is accessible to people with disabilities.
Parking is free at the Oakland and Walker Parking Decks.
It’s not too late for employees – as well as families and friends – to join UNCG teams. As of Monday, there are 17 UNCG walking teams with 60 faculty and staff registered. (Update: UNCG as of Thursday afternoon has 139 walkers registered.) The university’s goal is 125 walkers from UNCG. All UNCG employees will receive a UNCG Giant Steps Heart Walk t-shirt and frisbee. A UNCG group photo will be taken at 8:30 a.m. with the chancellor at Kaplan Commons.
Visit the UNCG Team Page to register for free. The first 400 children who attend and bring in a Healthy Coloring Page with a drawing of a healthy activity or healthy food will receive a free pass to WET’N WILD at Emerald Pointe – while supplies last.
Kids can also visit UNCG’s D.U.C.K. lab in the Kid Zone.
Cone Health will offer free blood pressure screenings and the American Heart Association will be on hand for CPR training and healthy cooking demonstrations.
In January, the American Heart Association announced that UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. would serve as chairman for the walk, which strives to reach 5,000 walkers and raise $500,000 to fund heart disease and stroke research and prevention education this year.
“It takes strong, dedicated community leaders to truly create a culture of health,” said Garet Beane, development director for the American Heart Association’s Guilford Heart & Stroke Walk.
Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for both men and women in the United States, and stroke is a leading cause of permanent disability. In Guilford County, diseases of the heart are the second leading causes of death and stroke is the third cause of death.
“When we invest our time and efforts into the health and wellness of our community, it becomes a place that draws students to our campus and encourages our graduates to stay in Guilford County to work and raise their families,” Gilliam said. “This results in a more energetic, vibrant, prosperous and thriving community.”
For more information on the 2018 Greater Guilford Heart & Stroke Walk, visit the event website.
By Elizabeth L. Harrison
Photography courtesy of the American Heart Association