Monfredo: Calling on Community Members to Join Heart Walk

Sunday, April 08, 2018
John Monfredo, GoLocalWorcester MINDSETTERâ„¢

As individuals we have an obligation to do all that we can to make this community of ours a better place for everyone.  It starts with us being aware of good health practices and to assist our community in eradicating the many diseases that inflict our community.

Heart disease is one of them that we all should be concerned about for according to research someone dies from heart disease, stroke or another cardiovascular disease every 43 seconds in this country. Thus, millions of people are at risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke.   Good health practices from eating well to stopping smoking have taken center stage as prevention strategies.

However, much more research needs to be done on heart disease and in our community the American Heart Association has a call to action come Saturday May 12. It’s their annual Central MA. Heart Walk to call attention to this disease and to raise funds that will help innovative research for new treatments, spread knowledge, provide programs and services for survivors and their families, and help more of our neighbors lower their risk.

Want a reason to walk?  I asked Senior Director of the American Heart Association, Blair Young why  community members should go to the Heart Walk.  His answer was spot on, “ Heart disease and stroke are community issues requiring community solutions and this annual event allows us to work together to support all the local programs designed to make our communities safer, healthier places to live and work.”

 This event will take place at Quinsigamond Lake Park located at 283 Lake Avenue (across from the skating rink).  Registration is from 8:30 a.m. and the 2.5 or 5 mile walk (depending on how much energy you have) will start at 9:30 am. RAIN OR SHINE.  The route will be through a scenic track along the lake and inside the lake area.

During the course of the day there will be a number of family events taking place… Kid’s games, Mascot Dance Contest, and lots of food and music.  For those families with young children feel free to bring a stroller for it is a friendly walk route and lots of friendly people to engage in conversation.

In addition, there will be opportunities to learn about hands on CPR and learn more about Heart disease prevention. There are many community groups that have volunteered to walk the route including many members of the Worcester Public Schools.

Remember, it was the Worcester Public Schools that stepped up on this issue for they now teach hands on CPR/AED training to all students from grades 7 to 12.  Believing in the “whole child” receiving a well rounded education, about two years ago I initiated a committee composed of Carol Manning our Health and Physical Education Liaison, Deborah McGovern our director of School Nurses, Patricia Mallios and Blair Young from the American Heart Association.  We worked together to raise the necessary funds needed to purchase equipment to implement the program.

In addition, our superintendent, Maureen Binienda, supports community involvement and has encouraged us to continue our work with the American Heart Association. Our long term goal is to make Worcester a “Heart Safe City.”  We look forward to having staff and students involved in the walk.  Hopefully, many of the school clubs, honor society, JROTC groups, and student council members will find the time to join in and make May 12th a very special day. 

For more information on the walk click here.   

Remember you can assist by walking, making a donation or both. 

Sign up now with the American Heart Association for this most worthwhile event.

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