Wildfire smoke pauses the American Heart Association Fairbanks Heart Walk

Published: Aug. 11, 2023 at 8:59 AM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The American Heart Association 2023 Fairbanks Heart Walk has been postponed due to poor air quality. Kristin George, the Executive Director of American Heart Association Alaska explained the wildfires surrounding the Fairbanks area are not only impacting the event but also the participants.

“We know through research, wildfire and the air quality that comes around wildfires not only does it affect respiratory health but it effects cardiovascular health. So we want to make sure that we’re keeping not only our survivors but all Fairbanks healthy coming out to participate. Because we want them to come out to participate in the event. We want them to support it, but we want it to be the most healthy environment that they can be in,” said George.

The event which was originally scheduled for this Saturday, Aug. 12, at the Carlson Center is now rescheduled to Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023.

The theme of this year’s heart walk is, “I walk to save lives” with a focus on raising funds to fight heart disease and stroke. This year the association is currently a little over $82,000 of their goal of reaching $250,000.

More information can be found on the American Heart Association’s Fairbanks website.