On Saturday, June 7, ClimbAmerica, hosted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s (BWH) ClimbCorps program, which is the nation’s first service corps dedicated to revolutionizing the cardiovascular health and wellness of the American public, is hosting the first-ever “ballpark climb” to fight heart disease.
According to BWH, heart disease causes one in four deaths in the United States, claiming more lives each year than all other types of cancer combined.
“What better stage for raising funds and awareness to fight this country’s leading killer than at America’s oldest, most beloved ballpark?,” says JoAnne Foody, a cardiologist at BWH and medical director of ClimbCorps. “You can make a difference in the fight against heart disease for yourself, your family and loved ones. Join ClimbAmerica and help bring us a step closer to a world without heart disease.”
Through the stair-climbing activity at Fenway, ClimbCorps hopes to showcase one simple way to have a healthier heart: taking the stairs. Money raised at the event will go to promoting heart disease prevention in the community, educating high school students about a healthy diet and exercise, motivating Boston’s workforce to be more active by taking the stairs, and supporting research to prevent heart disease.
The ClimbAmerica climbathon at Fenway Park begins with check-in and registration at 8 a.m. June 7. The event is open to climbers ages 6 and up. To learn more about ClimbAmerica, to register or to donate, visit climbamerica.org.
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