College of Health and Human Services supports Heart Health with the American Heart Association
by: Sydney R. Hardy

On Sunday, September 18, the American Heart Association held its annual 5k Heart Walk on the CSUDH campus. Over 400 walk, run, and cycle teams gathered at the Home Depot Track and Field starting area to help raise over $700,000 for heart research, professional and public education, and advocacy.

The College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) had an information booth at the event. Many walk participants visited the booth to learn about the educational program offerings at CSUDH. Health programs offered through CHHS were profiled and many visitors were surprised to learn of the various educational opportunities they could pursue in the health care field. Recruitment was heavily conducted by our very own dean, Dr. Mitch Maki who engaged every visitor to the booth in a lively way. Over 40 people, young and experienced, signed up with interest for a campus tour and/or were invited to Day at Dominguez. Dr. Lyons welcomed all walkers to the campus at the start of the walk. The theme for the day was ‘You are never too young or too old to plan for your education.’

Our Assistant Athletic Director, Lamel Harris made a leap of faith by participating in the corporate executives Climbing Wall Challenge on behalf of Dr. Lyons. What a climb Lamel made. Alum, David Gamboa (Class of ’05, B.A., Communications), field Representative from Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald’s office, and field deputy, Maya Zutler, from Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office made a visit to the CSUDH booth. A BIG THANKS to Heidi and Allie Johannsen (College of Health and Human Services), and Vernesta Johnson (Procurement) who volunteered their time on a Sunday to make sure that CSUDH had a presence at the walk.

For more information about CSUDH educational opportunities in the health care field, please contact CHHS Student Services at (310) 243-2120.

According to the American Heart Association:

Heart disease is the #1 killer of women and men in the United States. Stroke is the #3 killer and leading cause of permanent disability. These, and other cardiovascular diseases, claim more than 930,000 lives a year in our country. -AHA

The economic toll of these diseases is staggering. In 2004, costs in our country are estimated to be $368.4 billion for treatment, rehabilitation, and lost productivity. -AHA

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