BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Hundreds of walkers gathered at Buffalo's Canalside Saturday for a celebration promoting heart health.
It was part of the 22nd annual Buffalo Niagara Heart Walk, the American Heart and Stroke Association's leading Western New York fundraiser.
The 5K walk kicked off under an arch of red and white balloons at about 10 a.m. People of all ages, many pushing strollers or with with a four-legged friend, completed the walk.
The annual walk aims to not only raise money for essential research and training to promote heart health; it is also a chance for people to literally take steps to achieve a more heart-healthy lifestyle, organizers say.
"The heart walk in Buffalo is a one day celebration of a year-round effort to encourage people to make healthier choices, simple choices -- little changes like healthier eating and getting up and getting active," said Heartwalk Director Jesse Ladoue.
She also said the walk drew about 1,500 people this year.
Those who could not attend the event Saturday but who would still like to contribute can visit www.buffaloniagaraheartwalk.org.