By Jonathan Allison, Correspondent
The American Heart Association hosted the Heart Walk, which it does often within the various communities.
Hosted at Nolan Creek on Saturday, April 2 the American Heart Association brought health advocates with them.
The Heart walk included the 5K heart run, the 1 mile survival walk option, vendor booths, music, activities and awards for the best walkers. The goal is to raise $50,000 to fight cardiovascular disease.
HEB and Scott & White were represented at the Heart Walk, donating food and information to keep participants healthy.
Kim Klint, Corporate Market Director of the American Heart Association of Bell County said, “We are here to get and to keep children, adults and elderly moving around…we must educate our population about heart disease.”
According to stateofobesity.org in 1990, Texas obesity rate was 10.7 percent. Each year it has risen to now it is at 31.9 percent. Adult hypertension is at 31.2 percent. High school obesity rate is at 15.7 percent.
HEB was on the scene donating water, granola bars, apples and bananas. “We want to be in the community and are hoping to provide food for future heart walks,” said Michelle Walker, HEB Healthy Champion. The HEB healthy champion is responsible for providing health information to partners, and helping people to stay healthy.
Scott & White provided full-color pamphlets about heart disease, cholesterol, smoking, and much more.
“The walk was really big in 2004 and 2006, but we lost our director and it went into a slump,” said Guy Fowler, Honorary Chairman. Guy suffered a heart attack in 2004 from stress and not eating right. His wife was able to get him to the hospital, and now today he is able to tell his story to help fight heart disease.
The walk is set-up by volunteers. “I am on the Mary Hardin-Baylor Astra community and I volunteer to help set up the walk,” said Taylor Thedford, Mary Hardin-Baylor student.
The Bell County American Heart Association is firmly rooted within the community providing activities and life-saving practices to the population.
On April 23, in Salado will be the Bell County Heart Ball. May 5, 2016 is the Brazos Go Red for women luncheon located in College Station.
The next heart walks are Nov. 21 in Walker County and Waco. Oct. 10 is the Brazos County Heart walk.
For more information contact Kim Klint at 254-744-1208 or E-mail at Kim.Klint@heart.org.