Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of Americans, and one local CEO is stepping up to the plate to teach the community about prevention through the Nov. 12 Heart Walk. Gina Melby, CEO of HCA Florida JFK Hospital, has been named Chair of the 2022 Palm Beach County Heart Walk. Melby will work alongside other executives who are working to improve physical and mental health, combat burnout in the workplace and help employees feel connected to their community.

The 2022 Palm Beach County Heart Walk will open for attendees at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12 at Meyer Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, with the walk itself starting at 9 a.m. Teams can register for the event at PalmBeachHeartWalk.org. Registration is free, and fundraising is encouraged to contribute to lifesaving scientific research into heart disease and stroke, and to help fund local community impact projects.

“We’re walking to save lives,” Melby said. “It’s as simple as that. I hope people bring a friend, a family member or a colleague to walk this powerful event with us.”

The Palm Beach County Heart Walk is sponsored by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Cleveland Clinic Florida, HCA Healthcare Florida, HCA Healthcare Foundation, Tire Kingdom, Florida Power & Light Company and Mount Sinai New York. Media sponsors are WPTV, Hubbard Radio South Florida and Florida Weekly.

To learn more about engaging your office in Heart Walk, or to join Gina Melby and other influential executives on the Heart Walk Executive Cabinet, contact Jessie.Brooks@Heart.org.