Over 2,500 participants gathered above Falls Park near Downtown Sioux Falls for Heart Walk 2013. The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s premiere event that brings communities together to raise funds and celebrate progress in the fight against this country’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers, heart diseases and stroke.
The day was filled with energy, excitement and hope. Designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living, the event creates an environment that’s fun and rewarding for the entire family. This year, more than one million walkers will participate in nearly 350 events.
The Heart Walk is also one of Globe University-Sioux Falls’ largest applied learning project events for all our programs. Students enrolled in our medical assisting program provided blood pressure screenings to attendees, while vet tech program students provided assistance and treats to all the four legged friends who attended the HeartWalk. Massage students volunteered their time and talents to tired walkers, and students enrolled in the Professional Communciation class were on hand to support and direct traffic on the walking trail.
One of the largest Globe University teams is captained by Jo Penning, medical assistant instructor. I recently sat down with Jo following the walk to learn more about her involvement and why she walks.
How long have you been involved with the Heart Walk?
I have been involved with the Heart Walk for the last three years. I am also a member of the Passion committee which plans the Passion luncheon in February.
Why do you walk? Who do you walk for?
I walk for my dad, John Flier, who passed away four years ago from heart problems. It was a way to pay tribute to his memory as a family. The whole family also volunteers to help with different areas during the Heart Walk.
Who is on your team? How many team members?
My team consists of my two children, Jessica and Cody, along with several friends and coworkers from Globe.
How much money have you raised?
We raised approximately $1,400 mainly from fundraising through raffles, a pool tournament and through events at work.
What is your favorite memory of the heart walk?
This year’s Heart Walk really showed a lot of teamwork between everyone involved.
How do folks get involved in the heart walk?
They can get involved by going to the AHA website.
by Jay Meyers, Dean of Faculty, Globe University-Sioux Falls