NEW HARTFORD, N.Y.- Stroke and heart disease are largely preventable. More than 160 people shared that message and invested their own health Thursday at the Mohawk Valley's first ever cyclendation.
The event was held at Thrive Athletic Center in New Hartford. According to the American Heart Association, stroke is the nation's number five killer and 800,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke every year. Cycle Nation is a rally ride to educate and encourage our community to stay active, and incorporate a healthy lifestyle into their daily.
Event organizers say it's important to get the word out there about a stroke.
"This event was spearheaded as an event for stroke. And to give a lot of awareness to the problems with stroke, the number of deaths that are occurring from stroke and the fact that the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are doing their part in trying to bring awareness to this disease.” says Albert Pylinski the chairman of the American Heart Association.
Cyclenation is a high energy indoor stationary cycling event. Teams of four ride the bikes for 30 minutes.
Proceeds from the event help fund research, education, and advocacy programs.