There’s still time for faculty, staff and students at The University of Southern Mississippi to take part in this year’s Heart Walk in support of the American Heart Association, set for Saturday, Sept. 26 on the Hattiesburg campus. The event offers participants a chance to win great prizes and support a worthy cause.
The 3.5 mile walk starts at 8:30 a.m. at Pride Field next to the Payne Center, with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. Participants can join an existing team, start their own team or walk on their own. There is no fee to participate, but walkers who raise more than $100 in donations for the American Heart Association are eligible for a free Heart Walk t-shirt. Organizers have set a $120,000 fundraising goal for this year’s event.
Walkers affiliated with groups from across campus and other organizations and businesses in the Hattiesburg area are scheduled to participate. Last year more than 1,000 people took part in the event, getting a healthy start to their day and a chance to visit with friends, neighbors and co-workers. Refreshments will be available.
“We’re looking forward to another big turnout this year in support of the important work of the American Heart Association,” said Mary Dayne Gregg, Assistant to the President for Articulation and Planning, who is serving as co-leader of the event for USM along with Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Joe Paul.
The American Heart Association is the nation’s largest voluntary health organization working to prevent, treat and defeat heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, which claim more than 865,000 lives a year in the U.S. alone.
Heart Walk incentive items are available for those walking in the event. Tickets for these prizes are $5 each and may be purchased the day of the event at the Fitness Assessment Center booth at Pride Field, with proceeds benefitting the American Heart Association. Tickets can also be purchased at Student Activities Office, R.C. Cook Union 229; the Office of Community Service Learning in The Hub, room 104; at the Payne Center; or the Southern Miss Greek Life Office in the R.C. Cook Union, room 210.
Faculty, staff and student Heart Walk incentive prize winners will be announced at a drawing to be held Oct. 6 during the Southern Miss Heart Walk Celebration, with time and location to be announced later.
Faculty and staff prizes include a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card; a reserved parking spot for a faculty or staff member for the spring 2010 semester; a one year membership to the Payne Center, worth $180; one Fresh Food 25 “Smart Line” meal plan, worth $175; three blood lipid profiles worth $45; a $50 gift card; a pair of Southern Miss football tickets in the President’s Suite for either the Oct. 17 game against the University of Memphis or the Nov. 21 game against the University of Tulsa; one overnight stay at the Grand Casino in Biloxi, including a buffet for two; and a two-night stay and buffet for two at the Beau Rivage.
Student prizes include four mini digital cameras; a football jersey autographed by Southern Miss quarterback Austin Davis; a $500 scholarship; a fitness Assessment and three personal training sessions worth $75; a $100 Eagle Dining Gift Card; a reserved parking spot for the spring 2010 semester; two blood lipid profiles for students worth $45; and a $50 meal gift card. The student group that sells the most $1 “Hearts” will be eligible to receive a $250 catered event by Southern Miss Catering.
For more information about the 2009 Heart Walk, contact Mary Dayne Gregg at 601.266.5001 or Dr. Joe Paul at 601.266.5020; to register and learn more about Heart Walk 2009 online, visit http://forrestlamarheartwalk.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=295384.
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