Portage County’s Inaugural Heart Walk
This year, the College of Public Health is proud to announce that for the first time, Portage County is going to have its own Heart Walk! The Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) is hosting the heart walk on Saturday, October 17th, 2015 and all faculty, staff, students, friends, and family are invited to attend!
Kent State’s walking team is championed by Dr. Jeff Hallam, Chair of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the College of Public Health. Hallam has served on the board of AHA for two years. When he started working at Kent State two years ago, he was chosen to be the Team Captain for the AHA Heart Walk because of his passion for fighting heart disease.
“Heart disease continues to be the number one cause of death in the U.S. each year. Through the walk, we can continue to do research and conduct programs to prevent heart disease,” Hallam stated.
The Public Health Student Alliance (PHSA) offers volunteer opportunities at the event. Members of the PHSA are excited to see the event take place in the same county as Kent State University’s main campus.
“We are thrilled to coordinate the walk in Kent State’s home county for this important cause.” Says PHSA Graduate Co-chair and College of Public Health PhD Candidate, Suparna Navale “I think this can really help us increase our impact through increased participation.”
And increased participation is the goal. As a team, the College of Public Health is shooting for 100 walkers for the Heart Walk in October.
“Last year, we had over 50 walkers from KSU at the Heart Walk. This year, we would like to see that number double to represent individuals from all over campus, not just from our college [Public Health],” Hallam said.
In addition, the College of Public Health team has a goal of raising $8,000 for AHA, which will help support the overall goal of $470,000. “Being present at the walk is important, but the donations are also important because they demonstrate that we support heart and stroke research. This year, since the walk is being hosted in Portage County, we have the opportunity to support research and programs right in our own backyard,” Hallam added.
Individuals who sign up by September 17th will be entered to win a $250 visa gift card.
If you would like to represent Kent State by walking in the 2015 Heart Walk, or would like to donate toward this great cause (or both!), please click here. All participants who sign up to walk in the Heart Walk will get a free t-shirt. Festivities begin at 9 am and the 2.5-mile walk around NEOMED’s campus in Rootstown Township, Ohio begins at 10 am.
If you have any questions or would like to get more involved, please contact the Public Health Team Captain, Ashley Smith, at firstname.lastname@example.org