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A message from the American Heart Association

February is American Heart Month

For the third consecutive year, Latino Perspectives Magazine is teaming up with the American Heart Association to share information to empower and inspire our readers.

Heart Facts

FACT: Cardiovascular disease and stroke ranks as the No. 1 killer of Latino/Hispanic Americans. They claim the lives of 27.0 percent of the more than 133,000 Hispanics or Latinos who die each year. Cancer follows, killing 18.7 percent. All other causes of death account for 54.3 percent.

FACT: Among Mexican-American adults, 28.5 percent of men and 34.5 percent of women have cardiovascular disease (CVD).

FACT: Compared with non-Hispanic white men and non-Hispanic black men, Mexican-American men are more likely to have high blood cholesterol.

FACT: Compared with non-Hispanic whites, Hispanics are less likely to engage in physical activity.

FACT: Compared with non-Hispanic whites, Mexican Americans are more likely to be overweight and obese, and to have diabetes.

FACT: For every 100,000 Hispanics in the United States in 2006, 106 died from coronary heart disease.

Source: Heart Facts 2010 American Heart Association

WALK FOR YOUR HEART!

19th Annual Phoenix Start! Heart Walk

Have a heart and take a walk to support cardiovascular disease research on Saturday, February 26, at Tempe Beach Park, at the Phoenix Start! Heart Walk.

The 19th annual Heart Walk aims to raise $1.5 million dollars which will fund researchers at Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Mayo Clinic, and Barrow Neurological Institute.

This fun, 5K and 1 mile, family fitness event energizes the Valley to step-up in the fight against heart disease and stroke. Join Ron Hoon anchor of FOX 10’s Arizona Morning!

This year’s entertainment will feature the Cool Breeze band performing top-40 variety, pop, and rock classics. Cool Breeze is diverse and entertaining!

Money raised helps to fund life-saving research and community education programs supported by the American Heart Association. After the walk, the Wellness Village is in full-swing, packed with heart-healthy activities, presentations, screenings, games and celebrity appearances.

SURVIVORS . . . THE HEART BEHIND THE WALK.
Heart disease and stroke survivors are a very important part of the Start! Heart and Stroke Walk. All heart disease survivors are recognized with a red cap, and all stroke survivors with a white cap. “In tribute to” stickers are also available for participants walking in celebration of a survivor or in memory of a loved one lost to heart disease or stroke. So mark your calendars! We hope to see you!

Phoenix Start! Heart Walk
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Tempe Beach Park
Rio Salado Parkway & Mill Avenue
8 a.m. Registration and Opening Ceremonies
9 a.m. – 5K Walk & One-mile Stroke Walk
10 a.m. Wellness Village & Entertainment

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
www.phoenixheartwalk.org
Or call 602-414-5320

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This Article appears on the February 2011 issue of LPM under Health

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