They walked for Long Island friends and neighbors, they walked for family members and loved ones, they walked in honor and in memory of the thousands of people on Long Island that die each year from cardiovascular diseases and stroke – Long Island’s No. 1 and No. 5 causes of death. They walked to start a healthier journey and a healthier life.
Led by Vito Giannola, Vice President and Treasurer North America for Luxottica Group and Chair of the 2018 Long Island Heart Walk, Casey Coco, 9-year-old Heart Survivor, 2018 Red Cape Ambassador, Kara Reifert, K-98.3., event emcee and 4,000 walkers on a beautiful day stepped out on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Jones Beach to help save Long Island lives from heart disease and stroke. “Serving as chair of the American Heart Association’s Long Island Heart Walk was a true honor,” said Vito Giannola. “I want to thank everyone who participated in the heart walk by forming a team or supporting as a sponsor. The success of the heart walk will save many lives.” said Giannola.
The Long Island Heart Walk was an opportunity for people to improve their health by walking, while simultaneously raising funds to help fight heart disease and stroke. The American Heart Association also believes now is the time to fight for lasting change. It’s time to put our health first and create a movement that truly lasts.
This year’s Long Island Heart Walk featured interactive and compelling life-changing information and activities including a Kids Zone sponsored by Voxx featuring face painting, crafts, and games for kids and families. The annual success of the Long Island Heart Walk is due in part to our Life Is Why Sponsors: Bradley & Parker, Inc. & Petro Home Services. Local sponsors include Geico, NYU Winthrop Hospital, Voxx, Luxottica, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Catholic Health Services, Chase, Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology, CohnReznick, TD Bank, Americana Manhasset, Marcum, and Deloitte. Local media sponsors are Long Island Business News, Long Island Press, Cox Media Long Island and Connoisseur Media.
Thirty-nine percent of Americans think they are in ideal health, but fewer than 1 percent actually meet the American Heart Association’s criteria. The association is teaching people what it really means to be healthy, offering practical solutions to improve their lives and the lives of their families. To learn more about the American Heart Association and how your company can become involved, call the American Heart Association office at (516) 962-0797 or visit www.longislandheartwalk.org.
Photo – 2018 Red Cape Ambassador – Casey Coco