Heart Chase Event Brings Awareness

Heart Chase Event Brings Awareness

by Courtney Wheaton on June 2, 2013

Downtown Zanesville was filled with people of all ages… Some wearing very strange outfits in order to raise awareness for a special cause.

The American Heart Association had their 2nd Heart Chase Event in Zanesville to promote awareness for heart disease and prevention. Dr. Duane Pool is a Co-chair of the event and he explains easy ways to improve your heart.

"Exercise is most important," said Pool. "Obesity is a huge epidemic in our society. But probably the most important part is smoking cessation, when you walk through a hospital, over 90 percent of the people there are related to smoking causes."

Today at Zane Landing, they started with a bike ride, next there were dancers, clowns , and balloons to represent the people who lost their lives to heart associated issues. Different teams competed throughout downtown in an Amazing Race type format. Cindy Baker is the Co-chair of the event and says the cause it close to her heart.

"Well for me, it’s a community event because I lived here all my life and it’s one of those things we know in our area, we have a very prevalent disease, " said Baker.

Baker says the the money raised goes towards education and research for heart disease which directly impacts the community.