Ann Laurie FratticcioliBy Ann Laurie Fratticcioli, chairwoman of the Community Teams Committee for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Central New Jersey Heart Walk and owner of Ann Laurie, LLC in Allentown, NJ.

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recently announced Ann Laurie Fratticcioli of Ann Laurie, LLC in Allentown, NJ, will serve as chair of the Community Teams Committee for the 2017 Central New Jersey Heart Walk scheduled for Saturday, October 7 at Arm & Hammer Park, Home of the Trenton Thunder, in Trenton, NJ.

The Central New Jersey Heart Walk, locally sponsored by NRG Energy, Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb, Capital Health and NJM Insurance Group, brings hundreds of families, organizations and businesses of Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset and Hunterdon Counties together annually for a fun event filled with cardiovascular wellness.

As chair of Community Teams, Fratticcioli will manage a volunteer committee whose mission is to recruit and grow community teams for the Heart Walk.  Community teams are made up of friends and families who wish to make a difference in the fight against heart disease and stroke and are often formed to raise money in honor or memory of a loved one.

In her role, Fratticcioli, who has seen too many friends and loved ones with cardiovascular diseases, is committed to raising awareness surrounding heart disease and stroke, the nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 leading causes of death.

“I’m committed to helping the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association create a culture of health by recruiting and cultivating community teams in Central New Jersey,” said Fratticcioli. “After all, the community teams are the true “heart” of the Heart Walk.”

Heart Walks, which are nationally sponsored by Subway, are the signature community event for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association focused on raising funds to support the fight against heart disease and stroke.  Held in more than 280 communities nationwide, the Heart Walk is designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living through a fun environment that’s rewarding for the entire family.

“The Community Teams are such an important part of the Heart Walk and I can think of no one better to lead this committee than Ann Laurie,” said Pat Coleman-Boatwright, Survivor Ambassador and volunteer for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.  “It is through family and friends that we can spread our lifesaving message to help the community live healthy for good.”

With over 159 million U.S. adults – or about 69 percent – considered overweight or obese and 32 percent of children considered overweight or obese, it’s vital to get Americans moving more.  The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s new Healthy For Good movement is designed to inspire all Americans to live healthier lives and create lasting change.  The movement is built on four pillars: Eat Smart.  Add Color.  Move More.  Be Well.  By incorporating small, manageable changes, including eating healthy, adding more colorful fruits and veggies, being more physically active and creating an overall healthy lifestyle, we can all be Healthy For Good.

The Central New Jersey Heart Walk is expected to draw approximately 3,500 participants who will take steps to be Healthy For Good on a non-competitive one or three-mile walk while raising an estimated $420,000 to fund research, education and community programs.

To learn how you can join Ann Laurie Fratticcioli at the American Heart Association Central New Jersey Heart Walk, visit www.CentralNJHeartWalk.org, call 609.223.3784 or email patti.harvey@heart.org.