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Planning Already Underway for 2013 Lorain and Huron County Heart Walks

January 7, 2013

Spring is on the mind of many Northeast Ohioans already weary of bundling layer upon layer of winter gear and tip-toeing to avoid ice patches on the pavement. But North Ohio Heart and Ohio Medical Group (NOH & OMG) are doing more than wishing for spring; we’re already planning for it by raising funds for the 2013 Heart Walk festivities!

noh employees at lorain county heart walk fundraiserJust last month, NOH & OMG employees organized a fundraiser at the Vermilion Quaker Steak & Lube to benefit the 2013 Lorain County Heart Walk. NOH & OMG are corporate participants and sponsors of the walk, which raises funds to support American Heart Association projects, including pediatric heart and stroke research.

The December 23 fundraiser included a cash raffle, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, face painting and basket raffles. Quaker Steak & Lube also donated 10 percent of the day’s food sales to the Lorain County Heart Walk, helping NOH & OMG raise $1,715!

Gary Zrimec, CEO at NOH & OMG, will serve as the 2013 Lorain County Heart Walk Chairperson. Zrimec, who currently serves on the board for the American Heart Association, says he is looking forward to his role in the 2013 Heart Walk.

At the 2012 Lorain County Heart Walk, NOH & OMG raised $14,790 of the more than $94,000 total. Also at the 2012 event, the American Heart Association presented North Ohio Heart with the Gold Start! Fit Friendly Award, a distinguished award that recognizes employers that offer employees physical activity support, provide/increase healthy eating options at the work site, promote a wellness culture and implement at least nine criteria (as outlined by the American Heart Association) in areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture. This is the third year NOH has been a Gold Start! Fit Friendly Award recipient.

Heart Walk Dates 2013In addition to participating in and sponsoring the 2012 Lorain County Heart Walk, the Sandusky North Ohio Heart office participated in the 2012 Huron County Heart Walk for the first time. The walk raised more than $35,000 for the American Heart Association.

Don’t Forget to Save the Dates!

The 2013 Lorain County Heart Walk will take place May 11 at Avon Commons. To learn more about the event, click here.

The 2013 Huron County Heart Walk will take place June 1 at the Veterans Memorial Park. To learn more about the event, click here.

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