Greater Nashville Heart Walk
10,000 walking to save hearts

10,000 walking to save hearts at last year’s Greater Nashville Heart Walk

10,000 walking to save hearts at last year’s Greater Nashville Heart Walk

It’s time for one of the largest fundraising walks in Tennessee. The 2014 Greater Nashville Heart Walk will welcome 10,000+ walkers bright and early at Vanderbilt University sports field (Blakemore Ave./Natchez Trace) this Saturday, October 4.

The annual event is the largest fundraiser for the American Heart Association in the Nashville area, and funds go to vital research, public health programs and community education to fight heart disease and stroke, which together kill one in three Americans. This year’s fundraising goal is $2 million.

Everyone is welcome and it’s free. No registration required.

A huge two-hour festival will start at 8 am, featuring interactive games, live music, a special kid zone, and activities for the whole family. The Walk begins at 10 am. The day is free, but donations are encouraged.

You can donate directly online at or at the event.

Ben R. Leedle, Jr., president/CEO of Healthways, Inc. and Peter J. Weien, manager of Gaylord Opryland Resort and Attractions, are co-chairs of this year’s campaign.

The Heart Walk is part of the American Heart Association’s My Heart My Life platform, encouraging Americans to get physically active and eat healthy food as steps toward a heart-healthy lifestyle and better community health. Eighty percent of cardiovascular disease is preventable through healthy living choices we make every day.

Nashville Heart Walk schedule and stage segments:
• 8 am: Festival begins: 30+ areas: nutrition, fitness, health screenings, CPR, kid zone
• 8:20-8:50 am: Dr. C. Wright Pinson of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, emcee
• 9:30 am: 650 AM WSM; co-chair Pete Weien of Gaylord Opryland, emcee
• 9:45 am: emcees, co-chair Ben Leedle of Healthways, warm up
• 10 am: Heart Walk begins
• noon: Event ends

Things to do at the Heart Walk include learning CPR and AED use, getting a free health screening and sharing stories in Survivor area.

There will also be a Kid Zone with a bouncy house, face painting and coloring.

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