American Heart Association Heart Walk Launch Draws Energetic Crowd

Dozens of energetic UM employees crowded the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center on July 24 for the Miller School’s kickoff to the American Heart Association’s 2014 Heart Walk. Members of the School’s senior leadership, a representative from the AHA and even Sebastian the Ibis were on hand to encourage employees to form or join teams to participate in the Heart Walk, which is sponsored by UHealth, and raise money to fight cardiovascular disease.

“As a cardiologist, I am a believer in the mission and goals of this great organization,” said Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School and CEO of UHealth. “The biggest change in life expectancy has been through the management of cardiovascular disease. The Heart Walk is a fun event and an easy way to stay healthy and support the initiatives of the AHA. I count on seeing all of you and your families there.”

Steven Falcone, M.D., MBA, Executive Dean for Clinical Affairs, Chief Executive of the UHealth Clinical Practice and Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs, is serving as this year’s UHealth Executive Champion for the Heart Walk, which is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, in Bayfront Park.

“UHealth has a very successful history with the AHA Heart Walk,” he told the gathering, “but we want to do even better this year. Our goal is to have teams in all of our departments and facilities raise over $40,000. I know we can do that with your support.

“Participating in the Heart Walk is not just a one-day event. Let’s take this opportunity to begin a healthy lifestyle today. In the weeks to come, we will share ways you can be healthier, and what better way to start than right here at our own UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center.”

Bayfront Park is at 301 Biscayne Boulevard in Miami. There will be two walks to choose from — the 5K Walk and the 1 Mile Red Cap Walk. Free UHealthAware assessments will also be provided. Participants will be able to learn their risk for heart and vascular disease, stroke, and sleep and spine disorders. Staff from the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center will also be at the UHealth booth and will lead the walkers in warm-up routines.

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