Northland's American Heart Association Heart Walk

By KBJR News 1

September 29, 2012 Updated Sep 29, 2012 at 10:50 PM CDT

Hundreds Northlanders walked together to fight Heart Disease and Stroke at the American Heart Association's Heart Walk in Duluth.

More than 50 thousand dollars was raised at today's walk in Duluth.

"We were speed walking, walking both," Jacob Nulander and Isaac Fugere, walk paritipants, said.

Walkers from all ages were eager to help raise funds and create awareness for heart disease and stroke.

Those participating were able to choose between a 1 mile or 1.5 mile course.

"It was like this way or that way?" Nulander and Fugere said.

Each year, the American Heart Association recognizes people who have made positive changes toward a healthier lifestyle.

This year's northland Lifestyle Change Award was given to Dayle Nelson.

"Over the last three years, I have lost a total of 160 pounds. It's totally transformed my life," Dayle Nelson, Northland Lifestyle Change Award Winner, said.

And how did she do it?

"Through healthy eating and exercise choices. I went from not being able to walk very far to running two half marathons this past summer," Nelson said.

Nelson says she set small goals for herself.

"Today I'm going to walk a block. And you do that. Well, maybe next week it will be two blocks and eventually, who knows, it may even be a half marathon," Nelson said.

The heart walk helps raise money to support heart and stroke research in addition to a variety of public programs.

"Clear blue skies, it's beautiful out here," Walk participants said.

Free health screenings were also offered at today's event.

Food and refreshments were donated by Super One Foods.

Justin Reis, NNC. jreis@northlandsnewscenter.com