Pan-African Studies Department Has Heart!
Pan-African Studies Department Raises over $1,000 for the American Heart Association!
The cloudy skies and early rain showers did not prevent hundreds of Louisville and Southern Indiana residents both children and adults from participating in the September 24, 2011 Kentuckiana Heart Walk. The Annual event with a fundraising goal of $775,000 was scaled down due to the rain. It was obvious that those who participated were committed and adventuresome despite the rain.
Together with the Chair of the Pan-African Studies, Dr. Rajack-Talley, the faculty, staff and students of Pan-African Studies not only participated in the walk, but contributed funds from their own pockets to support this worthwhile cause.
The non-competitive, walk also featured teams of employees from local businesses, alongside friends, family members and survivors of all ages.
The Kentuckiana Heart Walk is a component of the "My Heart. My Life." behavior platform of the American Heart Association’s groundbreaking national movement that calls on all Americans to create and embrace an overall healthier lifestyle in order to improve cardiovascular health. This new platform is an important component of the American Heart Association’s sweeping national goal to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% and to reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20% by the year 2020.
According to a press release, nearly 70% of Americans do not engage in regular physical activity. This inactivity doubles the risk of heart disease--our nation’s No.1 killer, which is largely preventable through a healthy lifestyle. The Kentuckiana Heart Walk provides an opportunity for every participant and team to put the mission of the American Heart Association and the “My Heart. My Life.” program into action.
Prince Frimpong Bediako
Pan African Studies Department.University of Louisville