American Heart Association Announces Heart Walk Chair for 25th Annual QC Walk

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September 26, 2018

American Heart Association announces Quad Cities Heart Walk chair

Jim Watts from R.I.A. Federal Credit Union to lead walk on May 18, 2019


DAVENPORT, Iowa, Aug. 14, 2018 —  The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, announced today that Jim Watts, R.I.A. Federal Credit Union President/CEO, will chair the 2019 Quad Cities Heart Walk. More than 3,000 locals are expected to go Heartwalking on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Schwiebert Riverfront Park in Rock Island, Illinois, raising $200,000 for the organization’s lifesaving mission.


“Physical and financial health seem to be a natural fit,” Watts said. “Small changes in both can yield huge dividends. I’m excited to have the opportunity in the role of Heart Walk chair to encourage people to make healthy choices for a longer, happier and more active life.” 


The Quad Cities Heart Walk, locally presented by UnityPoint Health – Trinity, promotes physical activity and heart-healthy living in a fun, family environment. The funds raised will be used to support the fight against heart disease and stroke, which kill one in three Americans each year. The American Heart Association is currently investing more than $31 million into research and education projects in Iowa and Illinois as part of their goal to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.


Registration for the Heart Walk is now open at




About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke –  the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


For Media Inquiries:

Jamie Schneider: 520-490-3054; 

For Public Inquiries: 1-800-AHA-USA1 (242-8721) and

Lori Duax-Garrett, Quad Cities Heart Walk Director
(563) 949-5776

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