Make the commitment to live a heart-healthy life, and join the 2017 SWLA Heart Walk on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Check-in is at 8 a.m., and the event begins at 9 a.m.

It's a 3-mile walk from the Lake Charles Civic Center, located at 900 North Lakeshore Drive. Get registered today and start a team, join a team, or join as an individual.

We aren't just walking. We're Heartwalking! Thank you for joining nearly 1 million Americans at 305 events across the country to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

How can you make a positive difference in the lives of your friends, family and co-workers? Join the Heart Walk, start Heartwalking and make the commitment to lead a heart healthy life and become healthy for good. Remember - we're not only raising funds, we're raising heartbeats! - American Heart Association

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Sidenote: From the age of 4 until I was 21, I was a heart patient. From time to time I still see a cardiologist to be sure that my heart is healthy. I'm not like most people, there are certain things I just can not do because it could shorten my life expectancy. There are also certain foods that I stay completely away from, and others I eat in moderation or only a few times a year. This is a great cause, and I encourage everyone to take better care of themselves and do what it takes to maintain a healthy heart.