Save Lives While Staying In


The American Heart Association’s Central Kentucky Heart Walk goes virtual!

With the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic keeping more Americans at home, the American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization focused on heart and brain health for all, is embracing the new normal and moving its iconic Central Kentucky Heart Walk to a virtual event.

The Heart Walk is a fun and meaningful way to celebrate heart and stroke survivors, raise lifesaving funds and encourage physical activity. “Now, more than ever, we’re all looking for ways to connect with others, stay active and stay encouraged,” said Karen Harbin of Commonwealth Credit Union and the chair of this year’s Heart Walk. “This virtual format allows everyone to continue to have fun and support our lifesaving mission while adapting to spending more time at home. We are grateful for the support from our community and can’t wait to see how everyone makes the Heart Walk their own.”

On May 9, Central Kentucky Heart Walk participants and teams will not physically meet, but are encouraged to participate virtually on the Central Kentucky Heart Walk event page on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@AHALexington) and get moving at home or around the neighborhood. Everyone is encouraged to post pictures and videos to document their activity using #CentralKyWalk and #WalkWhereYouAre. Here are a few fun activities to consider:

  • Take a walk outside (while following current social distancing guidelines).
  • Get the whole family involved and have an indoor dance party.
  • Try out a few strengthening exercises like push-ups, lunges and squats. 
  • Create an at home circuit workout.

The Central Kentucky Heart Walk is sponsored locally by UK HealthCare, Clark Regional Medical Center, Georgetown Community Hospital and Kroger. Funds raised go towards research, advocacy, CPR training and to promote better health. Supporting sponsors include: Commonwealth Credit Union, CHI Saint Joseph Health, LBX Company, WesBanco, Windstream, WellCare, Schneider Electric, S&S Tire, Lexington Clinic, Baptist Health Lexington, Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital and Clark Materials Handling.  Media sponsors are WKYT, Lexington Herald-Leader and TOPS in Lexington.

To register, visit From there, participants can stay up to date by downloading the Heart Walk mobile app and encourage friends and family to join in via e-mail or on social media.

About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.orgFacebookTwitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.