PEORIA, Ill -- Heart disease and stroke are the number one cause of death in Illinois. But this weekend, you can begin the journey to decrease your risk by simply taking a few steps.
The Tri-County Peoria Heart Walk kicks-off on Saturday morning. This year's theme is "Mission in Action."
"The percentage of people dying today of heart disease has lessened steadily since the 1960s and a large part of that is through funding of the American Heart Association," Dr. McElroy said. "So the more people can become involved and donate, the better we'll be overall in terms of the risk for heart disease not only for ourselves but for our children."
Dr. Donald McElroy is the event chair and a cardiologist at HeartCare Midwest in Peoria. He says exercise is one way to a healthier heart and hopes the walk gets people moving.
Dr. McElroy say identifying risk factors of heart disease is easier than it once was, thanks to efforts by the American Heart Association.
At this point the Heart Walk is short of its $60,000 goal, but you can help. The event begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at Liberty Park on the Peoria Riverfront.
Registration is free, but donations are accepted. You can give and learn more by visiting www.peoriaheartwalk.org.