Brevard Heart Walk Big Success In Viera

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ABOVE VIDEO: The American Heart Association is the largest voluntary health organization working to prevent, treat and defeat heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. These diseases, the Nation’s No.1 and No.4 killers, claim more than 813,804 American lives a year. Thanks to all our walkers, donors and volunteers who have accepted the challenge to help fight heart disease and stroke. We cannot achieve our mission without each one of you!

BREVARD COUNTY• VIERA, FLORIDA —  Over 1,400 people from all over Brevard and beyond enjoyed their time at the American Heart Association Brevard Heart Walk, Saturday morning at Space Coast Stadium in Viera.

The health of the United States has hit a new low, with millions of Americans at risk for heart disease and stroke. Changing how we eat and how we react to the simple choices that affect our health can stop heart disease and stroke – two of the deadliest diseases in America.

The health of the United States has hit a new low, with millions of Americans at risk for heart disease and stroke. Changing how we eat and how we react to the simple choices that affect our health can stop heart disease and stroke – two of the deadliest diseases in America.

“My Heart. My Life” is the slogan used by the American Heart Association which organized today’s walk, nationally sponsored by Jenny Craig.

Local sponsors of the 5K walk included Wuesthoff Health Systems, Health First, Health South Sea Pines, Parrish Medical Center and Health First.

Stories of courage, hope and inspiration moved people to action today.

“Why Are You Walking Today?” That’s the question we asked dozen of people from all over Brevard who came together for the Heart Association’s annual walk.

“Why Are You Walking Today?” That’s the question we asked dozen of people from all over Brevard who came together for the Heart Association’s annual walk.

“For my late father and for my family,” said Emily Jordan of Melbourne. “My father died from a heart attack and he would be proud of us today.”

Saturday was an inspirational and a very healthy day at Space Coast Stadium.

TREMENDOUS TURNOUT

Many community and business organizations were represented, including 164 people from Team Health First which raised $8,783 for the American Heart Association.

"Why Are You Walking Today?" That's the question we asked dozen of people from all over Brevard who came together for the Heart Association's annual walk.

“Why Are You Walking Today?” That’s the question we asked dozen of people from all over Brevard who came together for the Heart Association’s annual walk.

Other teams included Parrish Medical Center, Lite Rock 99.3 FM, Health South Sea Pines Rehabilitation Center, Wuesthoff Medical and many more.

Publix Supermarkets had a great representation with over 136 people in “Team Publix” which raised $6,906.38 for the American Heart Association.

Brevard County government also had a team in the walk with over 38 members who raised $5,515.25. The Viera High School Varsity Cheerleaders showed their spirit and support with a strong showing.

Just one example of the many spirited local teams was the “Cardiac Mechanics” with Debbie Whitnable, John Brower, Barbara Green, Gene Green, Ronnie McClelland, Victoria McPartland, Wesley Miller, Brian Pedersen, Bonnie Jo Peters, John Peters, Amanda Petruzzello, Dean Petruzzello, Christine Pope, Marcel Pope, Dot Stone and Katrina Townsend, who’s 16 team members collectively raised $4,468.

Other participating teams included Walgreens, Enterprise, Florida Medical Training Institute and Community Choice Financial.

“We had a blast and we got healthier,” said Tony Cooper of Viera.

HEART-WALK-180-1There were no fees to enter the walk and walkers were eligible for a Heart Walk t-shirt once they raised a minimum of $100.

Just one example of the many spirited local teams was the “Cardiac Mechanics” with Debbie Whitnable, John Brower, Barbara Green, Gene Green, Ronnie McClelland, Victoria McPartland, Wesley Miller, Brian Pedersen, Bonnie Jo Peters, John Peters, Amanda Petruzzello, Dean Petruzzello, Christine Pope, Marcel Pope, Dot Stone and Katrina Townsend, who’s 16 team members collectively raised $4,468.

The goal of the event was to raise $150,000.

BOLD 10 YEAR GOAL

The American Heart Association is the largest voluntary health organization working to prevent, treat and defeat heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.

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The American Heart Association is the largest voluntary health organization working to prevent, treat and defeat heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.

It’s mission is by 2020, to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20 percent.

In 1999 the American Heart Association set a bold 10-year goal: To reduce coronary heart disease, stroke and risk by 25 percent by 2010. It achieved the reduction in deaths ahead of schedule and made substantial progress against three of the six risk factors.

Because of this success, the Board of Directors approved a 2020 Impact Goal. This new goal looks beyond helping people reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke by focusing on helping them build stronger health and a better quality of life.

Heart disease includes the Nation’s No.1 and No.4 killers, claiming more than 813,804 American lives a year.

For more information call 800-257-6941 x8090 or e-mail at BrevardAHA@heart.org


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