Valentines Day was filled with warm sunshine, the perfect day for a short but symbolic walk to promote an awareness for heart health. Sponsored by Hermann Area District Hospital (HADH) and Hermannhof, this was the eleventh year for the event. Participants received a donated healthy lunch after the walk, but everyone that ordered a lunch, made a $5 donation to Hermann’s Food Pantry.
Event organizer, Susan Lenger said HADH wants to help Hermann area residents learn about cardiac health, prevent heart disease if possible and help anyone with cardiac problems.
Red paper hearts marked the walking route and contained facts about heart health.
For example, Susan said there are seven women’s symptoms that may appear before a chronic heart episode that are different from symptoms men experience.
“Men get radiating pain—women don’t always get that,” she said.
She touted the hospital’s Cardiac Rehab Department as a great resource for the community, for those that need those services.
She pointed out various groups of walkers she calls “work families.”
“These are the people you’re with 40 hours a week,” she says. When you think about it, you could be with them more than your own husband, wife or kids because of your job.”
She said it is all about support, “So today is all about health, wellness and prevention.”