Start! walking...

Start!No this isn't the beginning to a cheesey western movie. This is a call to action. Did you know that...???

  • Cardiovascular disease is our nation’s number 1 killer, numero uno.
  • Physical in-activity significantly increases the risk of heart disease and stroke.
  • Seventy percent of Americans don’t get enough exercise, blaming lack of time and lack of motivation. Ignoring fitness and health increases chances for disease.
So, to combat this health risk, the American Heart Association recommends an increase in physical activity. Thus, "The Start!"

To get you started on a new program of physical exercise, the AHA sponsors an annual walk-a-thon. This year the fund raising event will take place at Parque Central in Old San Juan on May 4th. Their goal is to raise, locally, $570,000. To assist everyone, they have setup a nice website with a powerful set of tools to help you, not only commit, but to also raise more money.

By signing up at their web page you'll be able to:
  • Sign-up with your company, or with friends and family (form a team!)
  • Create and personalize your own Web page.
  • Achieve your fund raising goal by sending personalized e-mails to your friends and family asking for their support.
  • Check for matching gifts to boost your donations!
  • Access health tools - Online The Start! Tracking Tool offers physical activity, nutrition and other health information integrated within a single online resource.
As if you needed any reasons to make your start, but in case you're not convinced, here are three reasons to make a commitment to the walk-a-thon, today:Start! Walking, now...
  • It's free!
  • You're Making a Difference. Since 1924 the American Heart Association has helped protect people of all ages and ethnicities from the ravages of heart disease and stroke. These diseases, the Nation's No.1 and No.3 killers, claim more than 910,000 American lives a year. The association invested more than $474 million in fiscal year 2004-05 for research, professional and public education, and advocacy so people across America can live stronger, longer lives.
  • Prizes: Walkers are eligible for a Start! Heart Walk t-shirt once they have raised a minimum of $100. Other prizes available include:
    • Noise Cancellation Headphones for iPod,
    • Jabra® Bluetooth Headset with 33 Interchangeable Covers,
    • Ferrari F430 Convertible Radio Controlled Car,
    • Canon® PowerShot 5MP Digital Camera, Fuji® 21-Speed Front Suspension Mountain Bike, Garmin® GPS Map.
Of course for some of these fabulous prizes you have to raise a lot of money, like over $10,000. But at least it's nice to know that if you do make that goal, there's a little something, which is nice!.

For more information please contact Beba Franco via phone at (787) 283-0330 or via email at beba.franco@heart.org