Rochester man walks across America to raise awareness of heart disease

On Oct. 1, Rochester Rotarian Chuck Woolaver takes the first of over 5 million steps in a walk across America.

In 2015, a severe blockage in Woolaver’s legs suddenly prevented him from walking even 100 yards without severe cramping and pain. After several procedures to restore the bloodflow to his legs and to open a main artery near the heart, his doctor advised him to start walking more.

“It was a big wake up call,” Woolaver said. “Although I was in need of lifestyle improvements regarding fitness and nutrition, I looked and felt healthy. However, the high cholesterol was taking its toll, and the hidden effects of heart disease almost killed me. It was actually during one of my daily walks, in the middle of a snowstorm, that I got the idea to walk across the country.”

As the Executive Director of Walk for the Beat, Woolaver is leading a nationwide campaign to bring attention to heart disease, particularly how it can be avoided by living a more heart healthy lifestyle.


After his procedures, Woolaver earned his Certified Personal Training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Walk For The Beat has also partnered with a Registered Dietitian Anne Klauke to educate people on good eating habits.

During the walk, Woolaver will be providing healthy living tips to folks across the country.

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–Submitted by John M. Somerville

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