May 19, 2013 5:42 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Hundreds walk in Santa Maria heart walk to fight heart disease

Heart disease and stroke are the number one and number four killers in the United States. On Sunday, one local organization chose to fight back.

The Central Coast Division of the American Heart Association hosted the 2013 Santa Maria Heart Walk Sunday morning.

The event kicked off at the Cambria Winery in Santa Maria. Guests could participate in a 5K walk or run.

This year's walk was held in memory of Robert L. Carmimichael, a local Mended Hearts volunteer and heart disease survivor. The event also featured a health expo, live entertainment, kids zone area, and plenty of "heart-healthy food."

"This is definitely something that we need to teach our community about because like a lot of diseases it is preventable. We just need to take those steps, being physically active, knowing our numbers, eating a healthy diet. Really, you can prevent heart disease," said Lisa Dosch, the Executive Director of the Central Coast Division of the American Heart Association.

Dosch says their goal is to raise $75,000, and they had raised $60,000 before the event even started.

Fundraising continues for the next month. To make a donation, click here.



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