Tuesday, September 29, 2015

World Heart Day - Preventing Leading Cause Of Death

LABELLE, FL.-- Although World Heart Day fell on Tuesday, September 29, the Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties celebrated the event early on Saturday morning September 26th with their first 5K Walk/Run for a healthy heart, in Moore Haven and Clewiston.

This was a run/walk event to raise awareness about heart health. As of 2013, 35% of adults in Hendry and Glades were diagnosed with high blood pressure! World Heart Day was first recognized 15 years ago to inform people that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading cause of death and claim over 17 million lives each year. This year’s theme is “Creating Heart-Healthy Environments”.

There were about 45 participants between the two locations. The 5K walk/run event attracted runners and walkers of all ages.

Photo: Dustin Green of Clewiston, winner in his event

“It’s something good to do as a family and it’s also healthy,” said Brian Prowant, who participated in the 5K with his wife and two children in Moore Haven.

This 5K walk/run gave people an opportunity to take part in the world’s biggest event to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease.

“I am so pleased to see the great community support for healthier activities. The 5K events were just one example of how we can come together as a community to promote healthier lifestyles”. Said Joseph Pepe, Ed D, MSA, Interim Administrator/Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties.

Additionally, to recognize World Heart Day, the Florida Department of Health in Hendry County held a CPR Class and a Hands-Only™ CPR training at the LaBelle site on Sept. 29th.

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