The 12th Annual Heart Walk was held on Feb. 11 with 358 Mesquite residents registered for the 3.2 mile walk from the Mesquite Recreation Center to Mesa View Hospital. The weather was perfect for everyone, even the canine walkers who chose to accompany their humans.
Rob Fuller, Director of Marketing for Mesa View Hospital recalled the first Heart Walk held in Feb. 2004, before Mesa View Hospital’s building was even completed. Mesa View opened in July of 2004.
The annual Heart Walk is one of many ways Mesa View Hospital and the Department of Athletics and Leisure Services team up to support, educate and encourage good health and fitness among Mesquite citizens.
Fuller said, “The walk has gotten bigger and better each year. We’ve gotten a lot of great sponsors and Nick Montoya, Director of the Department of Athletics and Leisure Services, does a great job on his end coordinating this.”
Mesquite residents who participated in the Heart walk were treated to apples, water and trail mix handed out by Patty Holden, Mesa View Hospital’s CEO, and Fuller along with information on early detection of a heart attack and a booklet that had comprehensive information on exercise, diet, meal planning and maintaining a healthy heart.
Mesa View Medical Group’s Cardiologist, Mekdelawit Aschenaki M.D., was on hand to answer any and all questions that were thrown her way.
Sponsors for the annual walk along included Silver Rider that provided free shuttle service from Mesa View back to the Recreation Center and the City of Mesquite Police, Fire and Rescue Dept. Staff and the Volunteer Citizen Patrol who manned emergency, water and crossing stations throughout the route.
Also sponsoring the Heart Walk were Mesa View Medical Group, FIT Physical Therapy, Virgin Valley Dental, Mega Pro Screen Printing, Mesquite Cancer Society, Virgin Valley Little League Baseball, Mesquite Citizens for Clean Air, Highland Manor and their staff and patients, Mesquite Senior Games Staff, Kokopelli Landscaping, TDS Telecommunications, Debbie Dorn, Lincare, and Mesquite Dental .
For more information on Mesa View Hospital’s health programs contact the hospital at 702-346-8040.
For more information on exercise and health programs provided by the Department of Athletics and Leisure Services call 702-346-8732.