American Heart Association hosts virtual Heart Walk Saturday

(Photo by Dion Ogust)

Although the Coronavirus is keeping more people at home, the American Heart Association will still host the 2020 Dutchess-Ulster Heart Walk on Saturday, April 18 – only in a virtual format rather than face-to-face.

People are encouraged to walk, run, bike, or get any kind of activity where they are, and share their photos to social media with the hashtag #HVHeartWalk. A program of virtual events will take place on the Facebook event page for the Virtual Heart Walk, which is found on the Facebook page AHANewYork, or from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 18.

Donations can be made on the Heart Walk Web site,


The funds raised from the Virtual Dutchess-Ulster Heart Walk towards research, advocacy, CPR training and to promote better health. The American Heart Association has also fast-tracked $2.5 million in research about COVID-19 and cardiovascular disease, is offering oxygenation and ventilation education for medical personnel, has extended CPR certifications, and set up a school-based family program called “Kick Cabin Fever to the Curb.”