---- — PLATTSBURGH — Hundreds turned out for the Heart Walk on U.S. Oval in Plattsburgh on Saturday, raising awareness about heart health and funds for the American Heart Association.
The goal of the association through such events is to improve cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent by 2020, according to the website.
"The health of Americans is at a tipping point," the site says. "Some experts predict (that) today’s children are not expected to live as long as their parents — the first time ever for an entire generation’s life expectancy to drop."
Participants at the event walked either 1 or 3 miles, learned about how to have healthier hearts, had healthy snacks and more.
The big lesson, the Heart Association says, is the link between overall health and the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Obesity adds tremendous risk, it says:
• Obesity is one of the most pricey health-care problems, even more than smoking.
• One third of U.S. children are overweight or obese, which puts them at higher risk of heart disease and stroke. Research has shown that 12-year-olds have 45-year-old hearts, the site says.
• Heart Disease is the No. 1 killer, and stroke is the No. 4 killer of all Americans.
Learn more at: http://www.heartwalk.org.