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Green Bay Heart Walk encourages healthy lifestyle

Participants walk together in the annual Heart Walk in Green Bay on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. (WLUK/Mike Gard)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- Saturday morning, hundreds of people laced up their shoes to take a walk and improve their heart health.

The Green Bay Heart Walk took place at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

The event highlights the fight against heart disease and stroke.

The walk's goal is to get more Wisconsinites active and moving and improve their overall health.

Heart disease survivors talked about not taking a healthy heart for granted.

"Get a test. I got a routine check up and found out i had two arteries that were 90 percent blocked and I had no idea. Heart disease can sneak up on you because blockages can happen over decades. You don't notice that it's happening, get a check up, and it will save your live," said Jim Simono, Heart Walk chairman.

FOX 11’s Michelle Melby and Mark Leland emceed the event. The station is a sponsor of the event.

Participants could chose from a one mile or three mile route.

The Green Bay Heart Walk set a fundraising goal $97,000 goal. So far, $34,904 has been raised.

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