“Treat the Beat” 5K Walk raises $29,000

by Dave on September 20, 2010

Jeffry M. Fried, Beebe Medical Center President and CEO, and Ted Becker, Lewes businessman and member of the Beebe Medical Foundation Board, cross the finish line at the first Treat the Beat walk.

Beebe Medical Foundation raised $29,000 at its first “Treat the Beat” 5k walk to support the Cardiac and Vascular Services at Beebe Medical Center.

“We were absolutely thrilled at the support we received from our community,” says Alex Sydnor, Foundation Executive Director. “This was our first event to highlight Beebe Medical Center’s focus on cardiovascular disease prevention and treatment and we found a community that wants to work together with us.”

Despite it being a very soggy day, 112 people turned out to walk the course that started at George H. P. Smith Park at Blockhouse Pond and snaked through historic, downtown Lewes.

The funds raised will be used for the following:

* To purchase equipment for Beebe Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehab program.
* To purchase new scales that will be given to patients with congestive heart failure so that they can monitor their weight at home daily to help them control their disease.
* To increase the hours for registered dieticians who work in the Childhood Obesity Prevention program so that the dieticians can expand the program from the high schools to the third grade – with the goal of educating children early about the importance of healthy eating and exercise.

Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women across the nation. The most common cause of heart disease is narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries, which supply blood to the heart. This happens over time and is the major cause of heart attacks.

Beebe Medical Center encourages healthy lifestyles through several outreach programs and education for inpatients. Beebe’s Cardiac and Vascular Services include a Cardiac Surgery program in affiliation with Christiana Care Health System, and an Interventional Cardiac program where cardiac physicians do procedures to open clogged arteries to restore blood to the heart. To learn more about the risk factors of heart disease and the Cardio and Vascular program at Beebe Medical Center, please go to www.beebemed.org

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