"This is a great cause and a fun event for families and the community," added.
Katherine McCarthy, senior regional director for communications with the American Heart Association office in Albany, agreed.
"The money raised locally impacts research for cures for heart disease and treatments for heart disease and education," said McCarthy. "And, now, more than ever, these are hard times for everyone, but we don't want to slide back. We want to keep funding this research and spreading our message."
This year's goal is to raise $165,000. It's one McCarthy is confident can be met and in the simplest of ways - walking.
"It's a great excuse to go for a nice walk ... and it can also be a step toward prevention,"she said. "It's never too early to start preventing cardiovascular diseases."
This year's Plattsburgh Start! Heart Walk will be held at the PARC Oval next Saturday, Sept. 25, beginning with registration in the City of Plattsburgh Recreation Center at 8:30 a.m. The walk - which has options for one- and three-mile courses - will follow at 10 a.m.
Health screenings, information about heart disease and stroke and a memorial dove release will round out the morning, along with family-friendly entertainment and demonstrations.
For more information or to register for the walk in advance, contact American Heart Association director Keri Mack at 562-8352.
Golfing 'fore' heart health
Want another way to support the American Heart Association?
The Barracks Golf Course, 24 Golf Course Road, will host a golf tournament this Sunday, Sept. 19, beginning at 12 p.m. Registration is $240 per four-person team, which covers greens fees, cart and gifts.
For more information or to register, contact organizer Mike Dodds at 293-7568 or 593-2792.