BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL, Ill. – Advocate BroMenn Medical Center has signed on as a sponsor of the American Heart Association’s My Heart. My Life platform - an initiative focused on healthy living and creating healthy mindsets through a range of education, advocacy and community efforts that reinforce the value of eating well and being physically active.
Advocate BroMenn has been a long-time supporter of the American Heart Association in the Bloomington-Normal area. The medical center’s involvement in My Heart. My Life will engage their employees and the general community in a number of health and fitness initiatives, including the designation of local walking paths, the creation of local walking clubs, the implementation of a teaching garden at a local elementary school and serving as the presenting sponsor of the McLean County Heart Walk to be held this fall.
“We’re very excited to partner with the American Heart Association on this great initiative,” said Colleen Kannaday, president of Advocate BroMenn Medical Center. “We look forward to working closely with them to help improve the heart health of people in our community through My Heart. My Life.”
Advocate BroMenn was a major sponsor of last fall’s McLean County Heart Walk and has conducted several walking programs at area malls over the years. The medical center also sponsors a free blood pressure station at Bloomington’s Eastland Mall. Advocate BroMenn’s American Heart Association Training Center trains more than 6000 people a year in lifesaving skills, such as CPR and Advanced Life Support.
“The American Heart Association looks forward to working with Advocate BroMenn on improving the health of people in the Bloomington-Normal area,” said Kevin Harker, American Heart Association Executive Vice President, Midwest Affiliate. “With Advocate BroMenn’s help, we will be able to implement programs that motivate people to get active, and live longer, stronger lives. A great example is encouraging folks to take advantage of the walking clubs and walking paths, which can make exercise fun, and can provide another opportunity to connect socially with each other. We are also excited about the opportunity to teach our children about choosing healthy foods, like fruits and vegetables, and to increase the chance they will eat these foods at home through our teaching gardens. All of this work can lead to healthier lifestyles in Central Illinois.”
Unveiled in 2011, My Heart. My Life. is the American Heart Association’s comprehensive new health, wellness and fitness platform intended to empower Americans to get healthier. It serves as a critical component to the American Heart Association’s 2020 Impact Goal of improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent and reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20 percent by the year 2020.
Aimed at elementary school students, the American Heart Association’s teaching gardens provide hands-on learning experiences in the effort to change the way children eat and think about food. Teaching gardens serve as real-life laboratories where students learn how to plant seeds, nurture growing plants, harvest produce and, ultimately, understand the value of good eating habits.
Walking Paths designated by the American Heart Association are deemed to be free, safe, easily accessible to the public and regularly-maintained areas for people to easily access in an effort to encourage walking. Walking is one of the best and easiest exercises to get healthier and reduce risks for heart disease and stroke.
National Walking Day calls on all Americans and their employers to incorporate at least 30 minutes of brisk walking into their schedules on that day and every day. National Walking Day takes place on the first Wednesday of April each year and lands on April 4th in 2012.
The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s premier event for raising funds to save lives from heart disease and stroke, this country’s No. 1 and No. 4 causes of death. Heart Walks promote physical activity and heart-healthy living amidst a fun, rewarding environment for the entire family.
About Advocate BroMenn
Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, located in Bloomington-Normal, has been serving and caring for the people of central Illinois for more than 115 years. As the health care leader in McLean County, BroMenn provides healing and discovery, while simultaneously offering the warm touch of professional caregivers who form the BroMenn family.
A 221-bed hospital renowned for its neuro, cardiac, orthopedic and women’s services, Advocate BroMenn Medical Center is also a teaching facility, offering residency programs in Neurosurgery, Family Practice and Clinical Pastoral Education. Part of Advocate Health Care, the facility has won several awards for clinical quality and patient satisfaction. BroMenn also has several active partnerships with other organizations, including a community cancer center, an Advanced MRI site, a sports enhancement center, a sleep disorders center, an addiction recovery unit, and an assisted living facility.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Our mission is to build healthier lives by preventing, treating and defeating these diseases – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit heart.org.