UNC Greensboro is stepping out for heart health at the 2018 Greater Guilford Heart & Stroke Walk Saturday, May 19, on campus.

The free, 5K (3.1 miles) noncompetitive walk begins in Kaplan Commons at 9 a.m. Tents and check-in open at 8 a.m. followed by a “Puppy Parade” at 8:45 a.m. There will be an after party with music and light refreshments beginning at 9:30 a.m. Strollers and leashed dogs are permitted, and the route is accessible for people with disabilities.

Parking is free at Oakland (690 Forest St.) and Walker (1510 Walker Ave.) Parking Decks.

As of Thursday, May 17, there were 139 UNCG faculty and staff registered to walk. Families and friends are still welcome to join UNCG teams. Visit the UNCG Team Page to register for free. 

Cone Health will offer free blood pressure screenings and the American Heart Association will be on hand for CPR training and healthy cooking demonstrations.

In January, the American Heart Association announced that UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. would serve as chairman for the walk, which strives to reach 5,000 walkers and raise $500,000 to fund heart disease and stroke research and prevention education this year.

“It takes strong, dedicated community leaders to truly create a culture of health,” said Garet Beane, development director for the American Heart Association’s Guilford Heart & Stroke Walk.

Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for both men and women in the United States, and stroke is a leading cause of permanent disability. In Guilford County, diseases of the heart are the second leading causes of death, and stroke is the third cause of death.

“When we invest our time and efforts into the health and wellness of our community, it becomes a place that draws students to our campus and encourages our graduates to stay in Guilford County to work and raise their families,” Gilliam said. “This results in a more energetic, vibrant, prosperous and thriving community.”

For more information on the 2018 Greater Guilford Heart & Stroke Walk, visit the event website.


Story by Elizabeth L. Harrison, University Communications
Photography courtesy of the American Heart Association