CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Hundreds of people put on their walking shoes on Sunday afternoon to support the American Heart and Stroke Association at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital. 

The Charlottesville Heart Walk is an annual event that happens every fall to help bring awareness and raise funds for cardiovascular disease. Walkers had the option of completing a one mile or three mile walk.

“The money goes towards research and solving issues dealing with cardiovascular disease,” said Vice President of Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital Marijo Lecker. “It also goes to education in our local community for children in elementary schools and junior high school, so there's a lot of good reason for raising money for the American Heart and Stroke Association.”

Lecker added that walking is one of the best ways to keep your heart healthy.