“My mom passed away of cardiac failure, my father had a heart attack, my two brothers and sister each have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy,” said Diane Ammons, who participated in Move More Day. “That’s why I’m walking, we need to find cures for these.”
The American Heart Association encourages people to get off their feet and hit the track. They also encourage a healthier lifestyle through tips; eating healthy, adding color to your diet, reducing stress, and moving more.
“The American Heart Association is working with Toledo’s top 25 employers within the city, to activate within their employees, to spread our 2020 impact goal,” said Sara Hegarty, with The American Heart Association.
The goal is to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans and reduce deaths from the diseases by 20%.
“For our Northwest Ohio region, we have about 5,000 deaths annually attributing to cardiovascular disease,” said Daniel Barbee, CEO of the University of Toledo Medical Center.
The 2020 impact goal would save about 1,000 lives in our communities. Heart disease can lead to other issues, so it’s important to monitor your numbers.
“Getting that annual checkup, monitoring blood pressure, watch what we’re eating,” said Hegarty.
The American Heart Association wanted to work with some of the biggest employers in the area so they could reach as many people as possible.
“By doing that we’re hitting roughly 80% of our population,” said Hegarty.
According to the American Heart Association, about 80% of cardiovascular deaths are preventable. The association also suggests 30 minutes of activity per day.