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Did you know Heart Disease is the number one cause of death in the United States?  2,150 Americans die each day from cardiovascular diseases, one every 40 seconds.  The American Heart Association is working to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent and reduce deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent, by the year 2020.

The AHA gauges the cardiovascular health of the nation by tracking seven key health factors and behaviors that increase risks for heart disease and stroke.  Life’s Simple 7 are: smoking cessation, increasing physical activity, maintaining a healthy diet, lowering body weight, and control of cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar.

I was honored to join the New Hampshire Heart Association for the Annual Seacoast Heart Walk in Portsmouth on Saturday morning.  It was a gorgeous day with celebrity hosts Mark Ericson and Karen Kiley from WOKQ.  Families and teams like Bernie’s Brigade, Exeter Hospital, Hannaford, Lonza, Piscataqua Savings Bank, Service Credit Union, and Velcro USA enjoyed a great walking tour of Portsmouth and celebrated with Stonyfield Yogurt and Subway.

11377371_10205231274876273_8755962487516919752_nIt was awesome to see my friend Audra Burns, Communications Director for the New Hampshire Heart Association in action.  She was simultaneously greeting walkers, helping sponsors, organizing details, and live tweeting the event.  Follow Audra at @NHHeartAssoc for heart healthy tips, research, events and more.  And there is still time to sign-up for next week’s Heart Walk in Manchester at NHHeartWalk.org.

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