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Rev Up Your Walking Shoes to Support Heart Health

September 07, 2016 | Fisher-Titus Medical Center

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walking-shoes-healthy-hearts.jpgThis article originally appeared in the Fall 2016 edition of Discover Norwalk.

Fisher-Titus Medical Center invites you to get your walking shoes ready for the first Fisher-Titus Healthy Living Heart Walk Saturday, Oct. 8, at Veteran’s Memorial Lake Park (Norwalk Reservoir), Old State Road, Norwalk.

The event aims to raise funds for the Fisher-Titus Foundation’s Heart & Vascular Fund to support local heart patients in their journey to heart health, says Michele Skinn, executive director of the Fisher-Titus Foundation.

“This special fund will provide support for patients who may need assistance with cardiac rehabilitation, prescription services and transportation expenses,” she said. “In addition, the fund will support programs to educate community members about the risk factors of heart disease, such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and tobacco use -- key risk factors for heart disease.

According to the CDC, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of American men and women with 610,000 Americans dying from heart disease each year. In Huron County, 24% of all deaths are attributed to heart disease, according to the most recent Huron County Health Assessment.

“This is a great opportunity to organize an event that will impact cardiovascular outcomes for our local patients and community,” Skinn said.

Registration for the Healthy Living Heart Walk will begin at 8 a.m. with variety of activities prior to the 9 a.m. start of the 3-mile walk, including the opportunity to learn lifesaving hands-only CPR, music, refreshments, kids’ activities and much more.

"Educating the community about the simple ways to be heart healthy is of utmost importance to our Fisher-Titus and our world-class cardiovascular team!" said Skinn. “Eighty percent of cardiovascular disease is preventable. One of the simplest ways to improve heart health is exercise so we would love to see families walking together at this event.”

The Heart Walk Committee is actively recruiting sponsors and teams. To learn more about the Fisher-Titus Healthy Living Heart Walk, contact Michele Skinn at 419-660-2528.

Huron County Heart Health: The 2014 Huron County Health Assessment found that 5% of adults had survived a heart attack at some time in their life. Nearly two-fifths (39%) of Huron County adults had been diagnosed with high blood pressure, 37% were obese, 30% had high cholesterol and 17% were smokers, four documented risk factors for heart disease and stroke. In addition, 11% of Huron County residents were diagnosed with diabetes, another risk factor in heart disease.

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