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South Jersey Steps Out for Lifesaving Research

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South Jersey businesses, organizations and families came together for a morning of wellness and fundraising to benefit heart and stroke research. Screen Shot 2018-08-08 at 13.8.49

Robbinsville, NJ, November 15, 2018— Businesses, organizations, families and community groups took steps last week to live Healthy for Good at the American Heart Association’s 2018 Southern New Jersey Fall Heart Walk.  The fundraising and wellness event was held on Saturday, November 10 at the scenic Cooper River Park.


The event raised over $135,000 for the American Heart Association’s mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.  Donations help fund research and education, advocate for better health, improve patient care and allow the Association to reach at-risk populations.


The Southern New Jersey Fall Heart Walk was locally sponsored by Virtua. Media sponsors included NJBiz, SJ Magazine, SNJToday, and SOJO 104.9. Local survivors of heart disease and stroke led the walk, including survivor ambassadors Victoria King, Bob Goodman, and Matt Tamburri.  King of Magnolia, NJ shared the story of her stroke with walk participants during the opening ceremony.


“The Southern New Jersey Heart Walk was a huge success for supporting heart and stroke research,” stated Suzanee Ghee, 2018 Chair of Southern NJ Heart Walk and Assistant Vice President for Community Health Engagement at Virtua.  “We hope that all walk participants learned more about heart and stroke risks and will take steps to live Healthy for Good in our communities.”


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Participants walked a 1- or 3-mile non-competitive walk around the river and enjoyed activities focused on cardiovascular wellness, such as health screenings, CPR demonstrations, exercise demonstrations, nutritional information and a kid’s zone. 


The Heart Walk brings to life the American Heart Association’s new Healthy for Good movement, a program designed to provide science-based recommendations, tools, tips and motivation to build healthier behaviors.  It’s all about small steps that can be done each day that will make a big difference tomorrow.


Moving More is one of the cornerstone pieces of the American Heart Association’s new Healthy for Good movement.  Unfortunately, about one in three adults participate in NO leisure time physical activity.  Getting the recommended 150 minutes of moderate physical activity weekly is linked to lower risk of diseases, stronger bones and muscles, and improved mental health and mood. 


To donate to the Southern New Jersey Fall Heart Walk, visit To learn more about Healthy for Good, visit



About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.