Men and Women Are Invited to Help End Heart-Related Deaths


Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women, but this type of death can easily be prevented by addressing the well-known risk factors.  That’s why reducing stress, a major risk factor for heart disease,  will be the featured-theme of the this year’s Heart of the Matter Walk/Lunch  on Sat., May  7, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Mid-America All-America Indian Center. 

Click here for online registration form.

This is the 6th Year for the lunch and the second year for the walk designed to save lives by increasing awareness of the high incidence rate of heart-related deaths, by educating the community about risk factors for heart disease and encouraging healthy heart-related lifestyle changes. 

For the past five years, the program has emphasized increasing awareness in women.  This year, the program has been expanded to cover African-American men because too many African-American men are invisible from health care settings until their health conditions are severe. 

This year the 1.5 mile walk will be along the scenic Arkansas River walking path, with views of downtown Wichita and the Keeper of the Plains.  The enthusiastic may choose to jog, while others are welcome to take the course at a brisk heart healthy pace. The idea is to just get moving.

The day starts with a warm-up lead by Renaire Palmer, a personal trainer and owner of Fundamental Fitness.  After the walk, a heart healthy lunch will be provided by Bernard Knowles of local restaurateur Bernard Knowles of the Taste of Philadelphia.  

The keynote presenter will be psychiatrist Dr. James Owens.  Keeping with the theme, Dr. Owens will focus on reducing and handling stress in our lives. 

After the luncheon, those who are interested are welcome to try an introduction to stress-reducing yoga.  Jescia Smart, yoga and Pilates instructor will lead participants through a guided yoga presentation. The first 100 individuals to sign up for the walk/lunch will be receive a free yoga mat. 

In addition, there will be prizes, vendors, fun and games. 

 The Camellia Gooch Lee event is presented through a partnership of The Community Voice and the American Heart.  Other supporters include Via Christi and the Mid-American All-Indian Center. 

 The event is named after Camellia Gooch Lee, the sister of The Community Voice editor Bonita Gooch who died of heart disease at age 60. 

Registration for the event is just $15 per person.  Remember, the first 100 people to register will receive a free yoga mat, so hurry.  You can register and pay online at here, or you can complete the online registration form, print it out and mail or bring the payment to:  TCV Publishing, Inc., 2918 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS  67214. 

The deadline to register is Fri., April 29. Get registered now by clicking here!

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