By Katinka Podmaniczky

On September 15, Mayor Menino will kick off the American Heart and Stroke Association’s 2012 Boston Heart Walk, which brings together more than 12,000 people and raises money to support research and education.

As honorary chair for the event, the mayor is busy recruiting Bostonians to get involved. “Whether a heart disease or stroke survivor, caregiver, corporate employee, or member of the community, I encourage participants to join me at this year’s walk. It’s a great day of exercise, filled with educational information, health screenings and entertainment.”

As part of his Boston Moves for Health program, an ambitious initiative to improve the health and wellness of the city, Mayor Menino and the Boston Public Health Commission are increasing access to free and low-cost physical activities and healthy living resources. He has also challenged Bostonians to lose one million pounds and move ten million miles together this year.

The Heart Walk is a great way for residents of the city of Boston to get out and get active in their community – while contributing to a meaningful cause.

The Boston Heart Walk will be held rain or shine on Saturday, September 15, 2012, at the DCR Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade. Registration begins at 9:00am and the walk kicks-off at 10am, with all survivors being invited onstage for the Red Cape wave. Walk routes include a 1-, 2- or 6-mile (10k) path along the Charles River Esplanade.

Want to get involved? There’s still time to sign up. For more information please visit All participants are encouraged to keep track of their physical activity, weight-loss goals, and progress at

Katinka is the assistant director of communications at the Boston Public Health Commission. To date, she’s logged more than 300 miles for Boston Moves for Health. Want to log your own miles? Go to