KEITH BARBER, CEO OF HOUSTON METHODIST WILLOWBROOK, TEAMS UP WITH AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION’S NORTHWEST HARRIS COUNTY HEALTHY FOR GOOD ™ HEART WALK

KEITH BARBER, CEO OF HOUSTON METHODIST WILLOWBROOK, TEAMS UP WITH AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION’S NORTHWEST HARRIS COUNTY HEALTHY FOR GOOD ™ HEART WALK

KEITH BARBER, CEO OF HOUSTON METHODIST WILLOWBROOK, TEAMS UP WITH AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION’S NORTHWEST HARRIS COUNTY HEALTHY FOR GOOD ™ HEART WALK

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June 21, 2017
HOUSTON - The American Heart Association (AHA) Northwest Harris County Healthy for Good ™ Heart Walk is pleased to welcome Keith Barber, CEO of Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, as chair of the annual, family-friendly event.
The event, which is scheduled to kick off the Heart Walk season on Saturday, October 21, will be held at Lone Star College – University Park from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

“It’s an honor to lead this year’s Heart Walk. We hope to raise not only funds for the American Heart Association’s heart-healthy initiatives, but a broader awareness in our community about stroke and heart disease and the knowledge to fight them,” Barber said. “For me, it’s also a personal calling as my family has been touched by heart disease over the years. I hope our Heart Walk will inspire more people to make healthy lifestyle choices.”

This year’s event will welcome over 3,500 walkers as they walk for healthy hearts across the
Northwest Harris County Community. Heart Walks are the signature community event for the American Heart Association’s Healthy for Good ™ Movement, which encourages Americans to lead healthier lives by delivering science-based recommendations, tools, tips and motivation to build healthier behaviors.


The walk also raises funds to support the fight against heart disease and stroke – our nation’s No.1 and No.5 leading causes of death.

“Our annual Northwest Harris County Heart Walk hopes to raise $250,000 for our mission to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke,” said Natalie Diaz, the Corporate Market Director for the Northwest Harris County Heart Walk. “Keith and Houston Methodist Willowbrook have been involved with our Heart Walk for several years and have continued to be dedicated supporters of our healthy living initiatives. I have no doubt that with Keith’s leadership this year, we will not only meet our goal but surpass it.”

Healthy for Good ™ is a movement designed to rally millions of Americans to live healthier lives, inspire lasting change, and unify people around the simple idea that making a small change today can create a difference for generations to come.

Four key areas ground the Healthy for Good ™ Movement – Eat Smart, Add Color, Move More, and Be Well. Unfortunately, about one in three adults participate in no leisure time physical activity. Getting the recommended 150 minutes of moderate physical activity weekly is linked to lower risk of diseases, stronger bones and muscles, and improve mental health and mood.

According to one study, just 25 minutes of brisk walking a day can add up to seven years of life expectancy. In fact, for the average person in their 50s and 60s, moderate exercise could reduce the risk of dying from a heart attack by half.

Registration is underway for the annual Heart Walk, and the AHA is encouraging walkers to create their teams and set walking goals online at nwhcheartwalk.org. If you are interested in participating in the event as a sponsor, contact Natalie.Diaz@Heart.org, or 832-918-4061.
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Contact:
Nicole Dixon, Director of Communications, Gulf Coast
Nicole.Dixon@heart.org, (832) 918-4063