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Heart Walk Lifestyle Change nominations accepted
RUMFORD -- The Rumford Heart Walk organizing committee is now accepting nominations for the 2011 American Heart Association Lifestyle Change Award until Monday, September 12. If you know a French fry freak who has changed their diet to a more heart-healthy one or a couch potato who is now on the exercise bandwagon, consider nominating them to receive the Lifestyle Change Award at this year’s Heart Walk on September 18th at Hosmer Field.
The nominee does not have to be someone who has heart disease. The nominee can be young or old, female or male. In addition to nutrition and exercise changes, the nominee may have quit tobacco or other unhealthy habits.
Lifestyle Change nomination forms can be obtained from Sandy Witas (364-7408) at the River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition on River Street or in the Rumford Hospital lobby.
September 18 the Heart Walk begins with registration and a complimentary breakfast sponsored by Hannaford at 8am. There’ll be ZUMBA warmups and opportunities to showcase your pet through the Pet Challenge. (Dogs and cats vie to see who can raise the most money for the Heart Walk.)
The walk itself begins at 9am. You can choose to walk around the Hosmer Field track, follow the path by the Swift River to complete a one-mile walk or choose the two or four mile walk, which take you out of Hosmer Field and onto the streets to create awareness of heart disease – the biggest killer of both men and women. You can walk as an individual or as a family, join one of the existing teams or organize your own team at work.
Teams participating this year are: Becky’s Heart Beats, a friends and family team, Community Energy, Franklin Savings Bank, Med-Care, Oxford Federal Credit Union, Region 9, River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition, River Valley Internal Medicine, Rumford Hospital, Victoria Villa, Young Marines and Sykes from Wilton. Call Jane Bubar at 369-1143 for more information or the phone numbers you can call to join a team.