‘Healthy for Good’: Hilo Heart Walk first step to improving lifestyle

Courtesy photo Participants line up at the starting line of the 2017 Hilo Heart Walk.

Having a healthy heart doesn’t require a lifestyle overhaul. A few simple steps can make a big difference, said 2018 Hilo Heart Walk chairman David Honma, senior vice president and Hawaii region manager of First Hawaiian Bank.

The Hilo Heart Walk will take place Saturday at Hilo Bayfront Park with on-site registration at 6:30 a.m. followed by the walk at 8 a.m. A health fair and entertainment take place from 7-11 a.m.

Three-mile or 1.5-mile walking routes are offered depending on ability. Free “hands-only” CPR lessons and a keiki fun fair also will be offered.

The event is designed to bring families and friends together to learn, share and practice lifestyle habits that will lead to healthier, longer lives free of heart disease and stroke, Honma said.

Participants are encouraged to raise money to support the American Heart Association’s work to end heart disease and stroke and improve the health of Hawaii Island residents.

“The Heart Walk is a way to help people in Hawaii learn and practice healthier lifestyles,” Honma said. “Eighty percent of heart disease and stroke is preventable if people begin to eat smarter, add color to their plates (including more fruits and vegetables), move more and create balance in their lives.

“Our Heart Walk guests will be provided not only the opportunity to move more by walking, but will also receive simple, fun tips on how to incorporate those other heart health factors into their lifestyles.”

On-line registration can be completed by visiting www.HiloHeartWalk.org or calling Heart Walk coordinators at 1-866-205-3256.

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – Hawaii’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers.

To learn more, call the AHA’s Honolulu office toll-free at 866-205-3256. Follow the American Heart Association on its local Facebook page at www.facebook.com/hearthawaii and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/hearthawaii.