2007 Trek For Health Concludes

Event Concludes June 16 with a Heart Hike at the Bennington Elks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kevin Robinson
(802) 447-5003
8 June 2007

BENNINGTON - Imagine … fewer people dying from heart disease and cancer. Is it possible? Studies show that if we all exercised just a little more, deaths from heart disease and cancer would drop. That's the whole of point of the 2007 Trek for Health 6-Week Challenge. And on June 16 Trek teams and cardiac survivors will join together for the annual Heart Hike and Community Wellness walk and the Trek for Health awards presentation.

"Walking is a great way to exercise," said Patty Ryan, RN, of SVMC's Cardiac Rehab Program. "We began this program nearly 20 years ago to celebrate cardiac survivors and to encourage people to walk more. For the second year, we've combinged our Heart Hike with the awards for Trek for Health."

"Trek is all about improving health through exercise," said Kim Turner, SVMC's wellness coordinator. "Even simple exercise, like walking, goes a long way toward preventing dieseases, such as heart disease and cancer."

The walk will have half-mile, one, two, and three mile distances for walkers of all fitness levels. The event will have blood pressure screenings and information on healthy eating. The walk is sponsored by the Cardiac Rehab Program at SVMC, Southwestern Vermont Health Care, and The Wellness Connection.

The Schedule:
9:30 am: Registration
9:45 am: Warm up and stretch
10 am: Walk begins
There will be refreshments and the awards ceremony after the walk.

Walkers should wear comfortable shoes, light pants or shorts, and a short-sleeved shirt with a light jacket or sweatshirt depending on the weather. The walk is free and open to the public; however registration is encouraged. For more information about the walk, contact Patty Ryan at (802) 447-5132, Kim Turner at (802) 447-5076.

Trek for Health II is made possible by Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC),Vermont Blueprint for Health, BlueCrossBlueShield of Vermont, The Bennington Banner, and the Manchester Journal, and is supported by the Bennington Chamber of Commerce, Curves of Bennington, and Manchester Parks and Recreation Department.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at SVMC helps people who have heart disease recover strength and endurance through education and exercise. The program is made possible in part through the generosity of donors to Southwestern Vermont Health Care. For more information about donating to Southwestern Vermont Health Care, call (802) 447-5017.
 
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