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Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute proudly supports the Alaska Heart Run for over a decade
For more than a decade, the Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute has been the proud presenting sponsor of the Alaska Heart Run, benefiting the American Heart Association’s mission to build healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. Last year, sunshine and frosty temperatures welcomed 6,000 Alaskans and over 100 AHVI team members to the 2015 Alaska Heart Run, where AHVI was named the largest corporate team of the year. With your support, we hope to earn that spot again on Saturday, April 23, 2016.
Since 1999, AHVI has been committed to supporting the Alaska community where we live, work and play. As one of Alaska’s top providers of complete cardiovascular care, AHVI is committed to supporting nonprofit organizations that aim to spread heart-health awareness, raise funds to further research and offer support for those affected by cardiovascular disease. We believe that increasing awareness and research efforts can help prevent heart disease and lower the staggering statistics that continue to plague our state and nation at large.
If you’re a frequent Alaska Heart Beat reader, you know that heart conditions can often be genetic. Knowing the signs of heart disease; getting screened early, especially if heart conditions run in your family; and maintaining a wholesome, active lifestyle can save your life.
AHVI supports the American Heart Association as it strives to raise funds and awareness for the fight against heart disease through sponsorship and involvement in numerous events, including the Anchorage Heart Walk, Go Red for Women Conference and Luncheon and the Alaska Heart Run. One of the largest footraces in Alaska, the Heart Run is held each April to kick off Alaska’s warm-weather running season, reminding Alaskans about the importance of getting outdoors and staying active.
Our volunteer-staffed booth will be decked-out and easy to spot, complete with heart-health quizzes, games and many exciting prizes for all. In addition, we will work with the American Heart Association to provide red hats for all survivors. Race participants are invited to come by our booth before, during and after the race.
This year, we hope you will join us for some heart-healthy exercise as we support the American Heart Association on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the Alaska Airlines Center on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus. Whether you’re walking or running, nothing beats exercising together in honor of heart health and the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Each person can truly make a difference when we all come together for a great cause.
For updates on the 2016 Heart Run and to join our team, visit HeartRun.Kintera.org.
Make the step toward becoming the healthiest version of you
Did you know that every hour of regular exercise could add two hours to your life? Leading an active lifestyle year-round is a crucial step in reaching and maintaining optimal cardiovascular health. With the spring season upon us and summer just around the corner, there is no better time to kick-start your heart-healthy routine by getting outside and getting active.
While staying active is an important part of living a heart-healthy lifestyle, it can also serve as a preventative measure for several cardiovascular and venous issues. According to the American Heart Association, one of the best and easiest ways to improve circulation throughout your entire body is walking. It’s low-impact, keeps you in shape and stretches as well as strengthens your calves – all of which benefit your heart and vascular system. In addition, it’s a great way to reduce your stress level and lower blood pressure – two very important aspects of being heart healthy!
Jogging is another great way to stay in shape. However, it’s important to know your limits, as running on pavement can damage your joints if you’re not an avid runner. Whether you’re a beginner or a marathon runner, join AHVI at the 2016 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 23, at the Alaska Airlines Center on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus. We’ll have a variety of walkers, joggers and runners on our team; and, whether you’re walking or running, nothing beats exercising together in honor of heart health.
Consistent physical activity promotes heart health in a big way. Just remember that making lifelong changes is a marathon, not a sprint. It doesn’t matter how you start, it just matters that you’re making a step in the right direction. Consult with one of our cardiovascular specialists to learn the amount of exercise that’s right for you, and make a pledge to reach optimal heart and vein health today. For updates on the 2016 Heart Run and to join our team, visit HeartRun.Kintera.org.
The importance of physical activity
Walking, stationary bikes and elliptical machines are great ways to stretch and strengthen your calves while not adding stress to your joints. Even when it’s not possible to squeeze a 30-minute walk or run into your day, rocking your feet back and forth, heel to toe, while standing or sitting will help promote blood flow. For more heart-healthy circulation tips, visit our Vein Clinic blog “The Circulation” on AlaskaHeart.com.
AHVI suggests 30 minutes of physical activity several days a week to improve heart health.
HEART-FRIENDLY // HAPPENINGS
SPRING // Westchester Lagoon Family Skates
Details: Every Saturday through March 5. Skates begin at 1 p.m.
Learn more at Muni.org/active.
MARCH 2 // Anchorage Go Red for Women Conference & Luncheon // Men’s Red Tie Breakfast
Details: Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center
Breakfast: 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Conference: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Join AHVI at this special event in support of Go Red for Women’s mission to fight the number one killer of women – heart disease. Learn more at AnchorageGoRedLuncheon.AHAEvents.org.
MARCH 5 // Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Ceremonial Start
Details: Fourth Avenue and D Street in downtown Anchorage. Race begins at 10 a.m.
Learn more at Iditarod.com.
MARCH 12 // Skinny Raven Shamrock Shuffle
Details: Bear Tooth Theatre Pub in Anchorage. Event begins at 9:30 a.m.
Gear up in green and get your shuffle on at this festive 5K in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.
Learn more at SkinnyRaven.com.
APRIL 23 // Alaska Heart Run
Presented by the Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute
Details: Alaska Airlines Center at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Event begins at 9:30 a.m.
Join the AHVI team as we walk and run in support of the American Heart Association’s mission to prevent heart disease and stroke. For updates on the 2016 Heart Run and to join our team, visit HeartRun.Kintera.org.
HEART-HEALTHY SMOOTHIE RECIPE
Smoothies are a quick way to boost your energy for the day, but sometimes we don’t always have time or ingredients to blend up our own concoctions. This heart-healthy smoothie recipe from Chef Tim Farley at Williwaw, is packed with nutrients such as Omega 3s, monounsaturated fats, lutein, antioxidants and fiber, which are sure to give you a jumpstart on your day whether prepping for the Heart Run or a busy workday. Swing by Williwaw for your own hand-crafted smoothie.
Tip: Keep cold before mixing
1/2 apple (Fiji if possible)
1/2 cup pineapple
1 cup packed spinach
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon flax seed
1 teaspoon spirulina (blue/ green algae)
8 fl. oz. coconut water
HEART RUN CHECK-POINT TRIVIA
- The heart beats ________ times per day.
- ________ and ______ are key to heart health.
- Your heart pumps _________ gallons of blood every minute.
- Smoking causes _______ percent of all heart disease and strokes.
- For ideal heart health, you should consume _______ milligrams or less sodium per day.
- The average heart rate drops to _____ bpm while you’re sleeping.
Serafine Bourne: Heart Run 2016 participant, survivor & inspiration
Serafine Bourne was born with aortic heart insufficiency with aortic stenosis. She had her first open-heart surgery to correct the problem when she turned 23, and a second surgery seven years later. During both cardiac events, Serafine had the cardiologists at the Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute working closely on her case to ensure that she received the best patient care possible.
“Since 2007, I’ve had health issues, but they haven’t stopped me from doing what I love. I am a huge advocate of the American Heart Association and AHVI, and I try so hard to spread awareness,” she said. “I may face more open-heart surgeries in my future, but life is amazing. And the American Heart Association is amazing because, through research advancements funded by the organization, maybe I won’t have to have open-heart surgery for my valves to be replaced in the future… maybe!”
For other survivors who are looking to live a heart-healthy lifestyle, Bourne recommends eating right and exercising as much as you can. Even though she does get tired faster than most people, she takes her time and doesn’t push herself when she gets fatigued.As part of her active lifestyle, Bourne runs as much as possible and has worked her way up to running a full 5K. She has participated in the Heart Run as a “Mended Heart” since 1999.
Come run with Sera at this year’s Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 23.
Puzzle answers: 1. 100,000 | 2. Diet, exercise | 3. 1.5 | 4. 30 | 5. 500 | 6. 60