DynCorp International team members will be participating in the American Heart Association’s 2012 Greater Washington Heart Walk on Saturday, November 10, 2012, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
The annual Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s premiere event for raising funds to fight against the number one and number three causes of death in the U.S. – heart disease and stroke. Designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living, the Heart Walk creates an environment that’s fun and rewarding for the entire family.
More than a million people in more than 300 cities across the U.S. are participating in local walks to support the American Heart Association’s projects such as:
- Putting up-to-the-minute research into doctors’ hands so they can better prevent and treat heart disease among patients.
- Groundbreaking pediatric heart and stroke research.
- Raising awareness of heart disease by providing information on how to eat better, recognize the warning signs of a heart attack and how to talk to a doctor about critical health choices – information that can save lives.
The American Heart Association’s goal is to improve the heart health of Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent by 2020.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association’s mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Their initiatives include:
- Improving patient care by creating best practices for treating heart disease and stroke. The “Get with the Guidelines” hospital-based quality improvement program helps heart and stroke patients get the best treatment consistently. “Mission: Lifeline” also helps patients with the severe heart attacks get specialized emergency services.
- Advocating for better health through a nationwide volunteer network, You’re The Cure, which advocates for key issues at the national, state and local levels such as requiring physical education in schools, clean air legislation and making automated external defibrillators (AEDs) mandatory in public buildings.
- Raising awareness through the “Go Red for Women” program which educates women about their risks and empowering them to protect their heart health.
- Protecting the future by helping children develop lifelong healthy habits.
- Educating Americans by offering information on CPR, patient education materials and online tools.