The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

August 12, 2013

Community invited to heart and stroke walk kickoff


TARBORO — Tarboro’s 2nd Annual Heart and Stroke Walk is set for early fall, and the community is invited to a kickoff for the event Wednesday morning.

“The point of it is just to get people revved up and interested and ready for the walk,” said Derrick Haskins, health promotion coordinator for the Edgecombe County Health Department. “It’s something fun and active and could help a good cause, too.”

The kickoff will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Pender Room of Edgecombe County Memorial Library on Main Street in Tarboro. Those attending the kickoff will have an opportunity to pre-order the 2013 Tarboro Heart and Stroke Walk T-shirt. A representative from the American Heart Association (AHA) will be onsite to discuss successes from last year’s walk and ways to expand this year’s walk.

“We’re going to try to get some blood pressure checks out there, we’re trying to get some CPR compressions out there,” Haskins said. “We do have a high rate of heart disease here in North Carolina, so it’s important to know how to respond to that…Heart disease claims a lot of lives. Everybody knows somebody who has gone through it.”

Heart disease and cerebrovascular disease, commonly known as a stroke, are the No. 2 and No. 3 causes of death in Edgecombe County respectively, according to the 2012 State of the County Health Report.

The health department will partner with Vidant Edgecombe Hospital for the walk once again this year. Tarboro’s first heart and stroke walk raised more than $7,000 for AHA, according to Haskins. The walk was held Nov. 4, 2012 in downtown Tarboro and 73 residents participated.

“We decided to do it earlier this year. It will be warmer this year, it was pretty chilly last year,” Haskins said. “It’s going to be Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Common.”

The one-mile walk will begin on the Town Common at Saint John Street, will circle around the Blount-Bridgers House, go down Main Street and end back at the Common. Walkers are encouraged to do at least three laps for a total of three miles. A disc jockey will play music to get walkers pumped up and ready to go.

For more information about the walk, contact Haskins at 641-7990.