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Fashion Outlets: Walk to benefit American Heart Association

Fri, Feb 24th 2017 04:15 pm
Macerich's Fashion Outlets Niagara Falls, USA, management walk part of the one-mile path of the `One Heart One Mile Winter Wellness Walk.` From left are, Senior Manager John Doran, Operations Manager Jennifer Miller and Marketing Manager Meghan A. Ayers. (Photo by Lauren Zaepfel)
Macerich's Fashion Outlets Niagara Falls, USA, management walk part of the one-mile path of the "One Heart One Mile Winter Wellness Walk." From left are, Senior Manager John Doran, Operations Manager Jennifer Miller and Marketing Manager Meghan A. Ayers. (Photo by Lauren Zaepfel)

By Lauren Zaepfel

Tribune Editor

Macerich's Fashion Outlets Niagara Falls, USA, in partnership with the Western New York Chapter of the American Heart Association, will host the "One Heart One Mile Winter Wellness Walk" Saturday, Feb. 25, in recognition of American Heart Month.

The one-mile indoor walk will kick off at 9:15 a.m. at entrance 6 of the Fashion Outlets, near Saks OFF 5th.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the American Heart Association, including "a number of resources in our community," said Jesse Ladoue, corporate relations director with the Buffalo Niagara American Heart Association. "Mostly it will cover education and awareness efforts throughout the region: Providing CPR demonstrations, workplace wellness initiatives, but most notably it helps contribute to the $1.9 million currently invested in SUNY research grants right here in the Buffalo Niagara Region by the AHA."

She also said, "We felt it was important to provide Niagara County residents with a winter wellness walk to reconnect with the fact that 80 percent of heart diseases and stroke are preventable due to our personal behaviors. Walking is the easiest way to get your physical activity - we recommend 30 minutes a day, five times per week - and we want to celebrate our community with this fun way to introduce it.

Macerich's Fashion Outlets Niagara Falls Marketing Manager Meghan A. Ayers said, "The Fashion Outlets wanted to help our community by hosting an indoor walk to raise funds and awareness for the Buffalo Niagara American Heart Association."

The first 350 people to pre-register for the walk will receive a "Give Fashionably" swag bag, including special offers and promotional items.

To register for the walk, text "WALK" to 716-222-3350 or visit www.fashionoutletsniagara.com/Events/Details/433191.

On-site registration will open at 8:30 a.m. near Saks OFF 5th.

Registration is free and donations are welcome. A $25 tax-deductible registration fee is suggested.

"Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the nation, and stroke is the third," Ladoue said. "We invite and encourage everyone to come out and join Fashion Outlets Niagara Falls, USA, and the Buffalo Niagara American Heart Association for this family-friendly event as we raise awareness and get our steps in to fight heart diseases and stroke in our community."

After the walk, heart-healthy food and drink samples will be offered by Subway and DAVIDsTEA.

Representatives of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Memorial, Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Walsh Duffield Companies and Elderwood will be on hand with heart-health information.

Staff from the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will walk as a team at the event, while other representatives will answer questions at information tables.

"Even after the walk has ended, we're going to stick around for a couple extra hours," said Andrea Gray, special events and donor relations coordinator at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. "We have about 10 volunteers from the hospital that will be there to provide information about (the Heart Center of Niagara), but also about our primary care and a lot of other services that we have. And we will also have some med students on hand, as well, to answer any questions about heart health, to provide tips (and) do blood pressure screenings."

Gray said information will be available on the reopening of the Cardio Vascular Rehabilitation Center on March 7. "We have $75,000 worth of new equipment in the facility, so we're going to be hosting an open house," she said. Also, a new cardiac catheterization laboratory is slated to open April 4 at the Heart Center of Niagara.

The Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, along with Catholic Health System and Walsh Duffield Companies, are sponsors of the walk.

For more information on the American Heart Association, visit www.heart.org/Buffalo.

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