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The 2016 Heart Walk Kick-Off Raises Awareness at SUNY Broome

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In Binghamton Wednesday night, a gathering to kick off the annual Southern Tier Heart Walk. This takes place on Sunday, April 10th at the SUNY Broome Ice Center.

The American Heart Association gathered some volunteers, team captains and corporate donors at SUNY Broome to talk about plans for the 2016 Heart Walk. It was in an effort to bring attention to something that is the top killer in America, heart disease.

Jason Andrews Windsor Central School District says, "We're here tonight working with various companies and organizations to get them organized for their teams that will be participating in this year's heart walk."

But have people been reacting well to these events over the years and perhaps doing things like eating better?

Mario DiFulvio, 2016 Chairman of the Heart Walk adds "I'd say over the last five years, great strides have been made educating people on healthier eating, eliminating sugar. All things that are going to make their heart a lot healthier."

Many might fear something like a plan accident more than a heart attack. But many more are becoming aware of how serious heart disease really is.

Keith O'Hara, who was born with a heart condition says, "I think people fear more of a heart attack or something like that. That's why I think it's important to live healthy, to eat right, to exercise, to avoid the conditions that can develop which would lead to heart failure."

In addition to the Heart Walk, organizers tell us that there is also an April Heart Run scheduled in Vestal. We will have details on that closer to the time.