Wuerthele named chair of 2012 Pioneer Valley Heart Walk

Richard Wuerthele

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April 2, 2012

SPRINGFIELD — The American Heart Association, the largest voluntary health organization fighting heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases, announced Richard Wuerthele, president of American Saw/LENOX, as chair of the 2012 Pioneer Valley Heart Walk. The Heart Walk will take place on May 19 at Forest Park.

Wuerthele will lead the organizational and recruitment efforts for the Springfield area. He will enlist the assistance of thousands of area volunteers, survivors, walkers, and business leaders and ask them to step up to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.

"Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States with approximately one death per minute," Wuerthele said. "On behalf of Lenox, I am excited to take on this leadership role and have the opportunity to promote health and fitness to help change these statistics and raise the proceeds needed to support such a critical cause. Lenox has been a strong supporter of the American Heart Association over the past several years and we are committed to continue our support to advance this lifesaving mission."

Each day, nearly 2,400 Americans die from a cardiovascular disease. That's an average of one death every 37 seconds.

A leading risk factor for heart attack and stroke is lack of physical activity. Research has also found that individuals may gain two hours of life expectancy for every one hour of regular, vigorous exercise they do.

To help Americans move toward better health, the American Heart Association recently began a national movement called "My Heart. My Life." "My Heart. My Life." is a multi-faceted platform with tools and programs designed to guide and influence healthy eating, being physically active, and ultimately improving the health of Americans.

The Pioneer Valley Heart Walk is part of this initiative.

To learn more about the "My Heart. My Life." campaign, to find out more about the 2012 Pioneer Valley Heart Walk, or to find out more about sponsorship opportunities, call the American Heart Association at 827-0400 or go to www.pioneervalleyheartwalk.org.

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