Thousands come out for the Greater Nashville Heart Walk

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Nashville American Heart Association estimates that 8,000 people attended the 2017 Greater Nashville Heart Walk.

To date, the organization has raised $1.7 million for the American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, and fundraising is ongoing.

News 2 meteorologist Jared Plushnick emceed the event.

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I feel truly honored to be a part of the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk that helps the country’s oldest and largest voluntary organization. It’s amazing to see how many people come together for such a good cause to help fight heart disease and continuing education on healthy lifestyles. The heart is so important and this walk means so much to keep us pumping, said Plushnick.

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The non-competitive, three-mile walk took place at Vanderbilt University’s Capers Field Saturday.

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world.

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Jared and Good Morning Nashville reporter Julie Edwards spent Saturday morning visiting with the crowd and getting everyone pumped up to walk.