Have a heart
- Written by Kathy Parks
Join the American Heart Association Greater Lake Houston Heart Walk The American Heart Association is encouraging corporate sponsors to energize their employees and help save lives through the Greater Lake Houston Heart Walk, scheduled for Nov. 15 at Kingwood College. The deadline for printing corporate sponsor banners and materials is quickly approaching. The first print deadline is June 30, so there is still time to file as a sponsor and become part of what is the fastest growing and most popular, special event offered by the American Heart Association. It is also a great way to promote a business, while saving lives. Those who sign up for certain sponsorships can display printed banners and materials at the walk. Memorial Hermann Hospital Northeast has been named the “presenting sponsor” for 2008. Additional sponsorships are available at the platinum, gold and silver levels with varying benefits attached to each. There are also sponsorship opportunities for workers at hydration stations and in heart-healthy vendor booths. Other opportunities for involvement include creating a “company leader” or “team captain” willing to promote heart-healthy habits and physical activity within the company or to organize a team of walkers to show up in force on the day of the walk. “Heart disease and stroke are the number one and number three killers of all Americans,” said Steffi Hutto, of the American Heart Association. She described the Heart Walk as a unique campaign that blends the benefits of physical activity, community involvement and personal giving to fight heart disease. “The goal is to get employees to walk more, eat well and live longer,” said Hutto. She pointed out that rising health care costs are a concern for most employers and that by raising awareness in the workplace, employers can become a force for change. She said studies show that for every one hour of regular exercise, a person can gain two more hours of life. For more information, visit www.americanheart.org/start.