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AGH Walk To Raise Heart Disease Awareness, Funds for Research

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

The Gerald McGinnis Cardiovascular Institute Center for Research and Innovation and the Allegheny Heart Institute of Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) will host the seventh annual James A. Magovern, MD, Hearts in the Park Walk on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 9 a.m.

Established to raise awareness about heart disease and funds for cardiovascular disease research, the Hearts in the Park Walk will take participants on a two-mile stroll through Allegheny Commons in West Park, located directly across from AGH on East North Avenue.

A registration fee of $20 ($25 after May 7) will support both cardiovascular research activities at AGH and future restoration efforts for the Commons.
 

Those wishing to pre-register for the walk can call 412-359-5026. Same day registrants are also welcome. Pre-registered walkers are guaranteed to receive a T-shirt and admission passes to the Pittsburgh Children's Museum.
 

The Walk will include a children’s activity for younger participants to complete as they make their way along the route. Prizes will be given to all children who finish the activity and complete the walk.

All teams of five or more participants will receive a team photo. The top three teams with the most registered participants will also win prizes, including a catered lunch from Bistro-to-Go for first prize.

For a $5 donation, a participant’s dog will also receive with a 2010 Hearts in the Park Doggie travel bowel.

“The money raised through this walk will help support the Allegheny Heart Institute’s mission of providing financial and organizational support for applied clinical and experimental research in cardiovascular and pulmonary medicine,” said Lora Dernus, chair of the Hearts in the Park planning committee. “This research may lead to new treatments and medical devices that will help heart patients live more productive lives after surgery. “

It is estimated that more than 12 million Americans suffer from heart disease and it is the leading killer of men and women both.

“We are also thrilled to be able to give a portion of the proceeds to the Allegheny Commons Master Plan to help beautify Pittsburgh’s North Side,” Ms. Dernus added.

Winners of the AGH “Walk to Win” challenge will also be recognized at the event. “Walk to Win” is another program developed by Dr. Magovern that endeavors to reduce the incidence of obesity in young people by teaching children about the importance of exercise in their daily lives.

Using pedometers, students at Cardinal Wright Regional School competed against each other to determine who could walk the furthest distance in a month-long time period.

The Allegheny Commons Steering Committee of the Northside Leadership Conference has worked with the community, stakeholders and the City of Pittsburgh to create the Allegheny Commons Master Plan. Proceeds from the James A. Magovern MD Hearts in the Park Walk will help further restoration and rehabilitation efforts as recommended in the park master plan.

 

 

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