According to information provided by Ms. Osborne-Long, Wyeth celebrated the grand opening of its Wellness and Fitness Center in October 2006. Since that time, Wyeths Wellness and Fitness Committee and the Employee Health Service Department have hosted five fitness challenges. The Wyeth Recreation Association also offers membership in activities such as golf, bowling and adult volleyball leagues. Fit Friendly menu options are also offered by the Wyeth cafeteria, locally managed by Sodexho.
Other honorable mention went to the Best Western Inn at Smithfield team, which was the first to raise $500 in a competition with a team from Ground Round. In their friendly wager, the two teams decided the first to raise that amount would host the other as guest employees of their business for the day. With that, Ground Round employees will soon be fluffing pillows and turning down beds at the local Best Western, all in good fun and for a good cause.
While totals are still being calculated, Ms. Osborne-Long estimates the walk has raised more than $132,000 between corporate and individual donations. The fund-raising goal for this years event was $150,000.
Funds will still be collected by the local Heart Association chapter and may be mailed in care of the American Heart Association to 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vt. 05495.
Donations will fund research and education to reduce the risks and incidence of cardiovascular diseases. American Heart Association-funded research has contributed to many important discoveries such as CPR, life-extending drugs, pacemakers, bypass surgery, the heart-lung machine and surgical techniques to repair heart defects. In New York State alone, the American Heart Association is currently investing more than $14.3 million in research.
Dr. Russell Hartung, a Heart Association instructor of almost 15 years, credited the Heart Walk for not only helping with the purchasing of life-saving equipment such as automatic defibrillators, but in research to bring that equipment to existence as well.