CIRI in the Community

Anchorage Heart Walk

The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s premier event for raising funds to save lives from this country’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers—heart disease and stroke.

The Anchorage Heart Walk was held Saturday, Sept. 21, with a team of 20 CIRI employees and their friends and family participating. In all, the Heart Walk raised approximately $220,000 to fund innovative research for new treatments, provide programs and services for survivors and their families, and help individuals lower their risk of heart disease and stroke.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women—about one in four deaths in the U.S. annually (approximately 610,000 total).

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Indian and Alaska Native people die from heart diseases at younger ages than other racial and ethnic groups in the United States, and 36% of those who die of heart disease die before age 65.

Preventing and controlling high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes, abstaining from tobacco use, consuming only moderate amounts of alcohol, engaging in regular physical activity and consuming a healthy diet all help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

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A team of 20 CIRI Board members, employees, and their friends and family participated in the 2019 Anchorage Heart Walk.