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      Thousands walk to ward off heart disease - how you can improve your heart health

      S tep by step Saturday, thousands walk ed to ward off heart disease , it's t he cause behind one in every four deaths in America.

      Locally, the American Heart Association raised $425,000. "Raising funds, making it possible for people like myself not to have a death sentence, a life sentence ," said Anne Proppe.

      P roppe was honored as a survivor Saturday, she had open heart surgery in 2005 and survived a stroke. S ince she's recovered , she's made big strides in improving her heart health. She has ran 7 marathons, complet ed the iron girl competition and earn ed a black belt in karate.

      L ack of physical exercise and poor diet are two common risk factors of heart disease.

      For more information and how to improve your heart health click here.