Local residents are invited to attend a community kickoff event this morning for the second annual Tarboro Heart and Stroke Walk, which will take place next month.
The community kickoff meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. in the Pender Room at Edgecombe County Memorial Library in Tarboro.
The Edgecombe County Health Department and Vidant Edgecombe Hospital are once again teaming up for the walk, which is scheduled for Sept. 28.
The kickoff event is designed to help spread the word about the event and to get people energized and excited, said Derrick Haskins, health promotion coordinator for the Edgecombe County Health Department.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Approximately 600,000 people die from heart disease each year in the United States, which is approximately one out of every four deaths, according to the CDC.
The 73 people who participated in the walk last year raised more than $7,000 for the American Heart Association. Haskins said event organizers hope to expand participation this year.
A representative from the American Heart Association will be at the meeting today to recap the success of last year’s event. Organizers also will talk about different ways people can raise money. People used a variety of fundraising techniques last year, including a 50/50 raffle and a pet photo contest, Haskins said.
Everyone is invited to attend the kickoff meeting and to participate in the walk, Haskins said. The walk will take place at the Tarboro Town Common. Haskins said they will have music and health presentations.
Marian Barnhill, development director for the American Heart Association, said the goal of the walk is to bring the community together to raise critical funds that will help enable the American Heart Association to further its mission, which is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
“We welcome, encourage and appreciate participation in the upcoming kickoff and walk itself,” Barnhill said.
For more information, call Haskins at 641-7990.