American Heart Association, Heart Walk

Heart Walk with FAU students.

Heart Walk with FAU students.

Today I participated in the American Heart Association, “Palm Beach County Start! Heart Walk” 5K walk as part of the Exercise Science and Health Promotion team at  Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida.  This fundraising event was to raise awareness regarding the prevention and treatment of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. These diseases, the Nation’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers, claim more than 865,000 American lives a year (AHA, 2009).  This walk generated over $500,000.  Through support of family, friends, and colleagues I was proud to raise 125 per cent of my donation goal.

In addition to the graduate and undergraduate students from the Exercise Science and Health Promotion Club, I joined faculty participants Anita D’Angelo, M.Ed. (walk team leader) and Tina M. Penhollow, Ph.D., CHES (club advisor) in this year’s walk.  A brief downpour and morning temperature of 88°F (heat index 99°F) did not dissuade the dedicated walkers.  Water stations along the route kept participants hydrated; camaraderie moved the teams forward.  Note the ever-present pedometer on my belt.

The take home message from the event is that we all need to walk. Over two-thirds of the U.S. population is overweight and over one-third of the population is obese (CDC, 2008).  The Healthy People 2010 objective of obesity prevalence less than 15% has not been met for men nor women of any age (NHANES, 2007).  It is through education, advocacy, awareness, and activity that we will address the prevention and treatment of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.

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