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First Annual #FitDC Healthy Hearts Walk

Thursday, February 1, 2018

DPR Customer Service: (202) 673-7647
DPR Media Contacts:
Michael Tucker Jr., (202) 717-4242, [email protected]
Gregory Jackson Jr., (202) 714-9550, [email protected]

(Washington, DC) - The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is proud to announce the #FitDC Healthy Hearts Walk to keep DC residents on a path to fitness and to build awareness for cardiovascular disease during American Heart Month. The walk takes place February 10, 2018 at 10 a.m. at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens.

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the world, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This free family-friendly event will encourage individuals to commit to more healthy and active lifestyle. Walkers are able to learn more about heart disease and prevention, while getting a quick workout, a free t-shirt and more.

“Walking is a low-impact exercise that many people can do and Kenilworth Park is a great environment for a walk,” said DPR Director Keith Anderson. “We are excited to start a new tradition built around getting residents healthier and informed about an important issue.”

Healthy Hearts Walk partners include American Heart Association, Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine and Vida Fitness.

DPR has enlisted local leaders and business owners to be “Brave Hearts,” who will greet walkers and lead stretches of the Healthy Hearts Walk.

Walkers will stride around the Kenilworth track with entertainment and vendors within earshot to keep the festive mood. There will also be an alternate route for runners who would prefer a more intense workout.

WHAT: #FitDC Healthy Hearts Walk

WHERE: Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens (1500 Anacostia Avenue NE)

WHEN: February 10, 2018 at 10 a.m.

For more information or to RSVP for the event visit DPR.events. Follow #HealthyHeartsWalk on social media.

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About DPR

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) provides quality urban recreation and leisure services for residents and visitors to the District of Columbia. DPR supervises and maintains area parks, community facilities, swimming pools and spray parks, and neighborhood recreation centers. The agency also coordinates a wide variety of recreation and educational programs including sports leagues, youth development, therapeutic recreation, aquatic programming, outdoor adventure, camping, and senior citizen activities. Adaptive programs and facilities are available for persons with disabilities.