The 2016 Johnson County Heart Walk will be hosted by the University of Central Missouri on Saturday, October 1. The walk will begin at 8 a.m. on the east side of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center.

"Almost everyone has a story to tell about a friend or family member who has battled cardiovascular disease or stroke, the nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 leading causes of death," said UCM in a news release. "Through the 2016 Johnson County Heart Walk, Saturday, Oct. 1, individuals, families, businesses and organizations have an opportunity to join in the fight against these serious health issues while participating in a fun, family-friendly environment at the University of Central Missouri."

In addition to the Heart Walk additional activities are being planned for that morning, including games for children, a DJ playing music and informational booths.

UCM reports that the 2015 Heart Walk involved about 380 walkers who raised approximately $60,000 for the American Heart Association. Anyone that would like to learn more about the Johnson County Heart Walk, form their own team, participate as a walker, serve as a team captain, or offer corporate support, should visit the website,, or contact Amanda Avent, Corporate Events Director for the American Heart Association, 660-441-0090, or email