One in three deaths in Alabama is the result of a cardiovascular disease, according to the American Heart Association.
In light of those statistics, many people will be walking in the West Alabama Heart Walk in Tuscaloosa this year for personal reasons. The annual race is being held in Tuscaloosa on Saturday.
Charles Drucker plans to participate in this year's race. He had open heart surgery about a year and a half ago after doctors discovered he had a severed aorta.
His doctors weren't sure why he had that condition, but Drucker says his unhealthy and inactive lifestyle didn't help. So, he set out to change his diet and get active. He says a lot of people don't realize it, but small changes can make a big difference.
"It's a choice you have to make every day to get up and go walk a mile. No one said go run a marathon. The hardest thing is going on that walk, or coming to the gym that first time. Once you prove to yourself you can do it, it's easy," Drucker said.
The Heart Walk starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. It's a 5K that you can walk or run at your own pace and it's free.
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