The rain that fell from the big Texas sky on Saturday, September 10, 2016 couldn’t stop the people of Denton from participating in the Heart Walk scheduled for that day. Even though the overall conditions for the event were not ideal, the enthusiasm walking into the parking lot of the C.H. Collins Athletic Complex was contagious. Enjoying Steel City Pops and getting their faces painted underneath their ponchos, the passion of the participants to raise awareness about Heart Disease was apparent. At 8:30 AM, Shannon Powell Hart, producer and reporter for Good Morning Texas, had everyone congregate around the stage, where she did an amazing job of getting everyone in the spirit by demonstrating just how many people were affected by heart disease by having the audience raise their umbrellas.
Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of Americans. In fact, one American dies from cardiovascular disease every 39 seconds¹. As future dietitians, we can stop this through preventative treatment such as nutrition care and teach how to live a healthy lifestyle.
It was amazing to see such a large group of people come together on a dreary day, and it was a proud moment to be a part of the Nutrition and Food Sciences (NFS) team from Texas Woman’s University that participated. With a team of a total of 32 members, the goal to raise $625 was crushed. So far, the team has raised $881 with 112 days left. The money we raised will go to cardiovascular research and education plans.
Participating in community events such as the Heart Walk is a prime example of how we can promote education and awareness. A lot of participates at the Walk were caregivers to those that suffer from Heart Disease. They are participating because they want to see a change. My future job will be to help those with heart disease and I’m glad that I could participate in such a great event.
Written by: KayLeigh Kaiser
KayLeigh is a Junior at Texas Woman’s University. She is the current secretary for the Food and Nutrition Network, the student organization on campus for Nutrition Undergraduates.
Photo from: American Heart Association