Run For Your Life promotes awareness of cardiac health
Dr. Greg Feinsinger is asking people to run for their lives Saturday in Carbondale.Feinsinger, along with Glenwood Medical Associates’ heart attack and stroke prevention program, which he co-created two years ago, is hosting the first Run For Your Life race, run and walk at 8:15 a.m. Saturday at Triangle Park in River Valley Ranch. The event benefits the Glenwood Springers Track Club and the Valley View Hospital’s new Cardiac and Vascular Center.”What we mainly want to do is raise public awareness for heart attacks and strokes, but we’re also hoping to raise money so we can donate the proceeds,” said Feinsinger, who has been a family physician at GMA for 32 years. “With a new cardiology suite at Valley View, more diagnostic studies could be done for patients with acute heart problems. And several state champions have been in Glenwood Springers, and the club keeps our youth heart-healthy through an active lifestyle.”A lifetime runner and founder of the Glenwood Springers 20 years ago, Feinsinger said he hopes to draw 200 to 300 people to Saturday’s four-mile run and one-mile fun run and walk.”It just struck me that cancer gets all the attention and that we needed to do something similar to breast cancer’s Race for the Cure with heart attack prevention,” he said. “Although cancer is one of our nation’s most common diseases, heart disease and heart attacks strike more Americans each year than any other disease or cancer. It is also one of the most preventable causes of death. I want to get that message out and put on a fun running race at the same time.”As a former intensive care paramedic, Run For Your Life volunteer Rusty Harrison knows the importance of heart attack prevention. He offered to help coordinate the event because his wife, Barbara, is Feinsinger’s nurse, and he has witnessed the impact a heart attack can have.”I’ve seen many people in their 30s, 40s and 50s who had heart attacks, and they all had warning signs and risk factors,” said Harrison, who retired in 1990 after 15 years in the health-care profession. “Heart attacks are just something that don’t get the big headlines, and everybody still just ignores them. “Harrison said he hopes Run or Your Life opens people’s eyes to the realities of heart disease and strokes.”We’re just trying to educate people about the warning signs and risk factors,” he said. “The testing in trying to weed people out in the last 10 years has improved a lot.”To register for Saturday’s event, call Harrison at 379-9881 or Feinsinger at 963-8428, or go to http://www.glenwoodmedical.com to download a form. Registration forms are also available at the ranch house at River Valley Ranch, Ute City Cycles in Aspen and Carbondale, and in the Glenwood Medical Associates lobby. Forms can be dropped off at GMA this week. Participants can also register at the event from 7-7:30 a.m.Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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