By: Monica Racicot

Along with working, being an ambassador and finishing my degree, I have been serving on the American Heart Association (AHA) Committee to bring HeartChase to Corvallis. *On a cool side note, Corvallis was selected as the first and only city in Oregon to launch this new event.

HeartChase is a fundraiser for the AHA that is team and family oriented, is smart phone based, and is similar to games like the Amazing Race or Minute-to-Win-it. Games and activities are designed to promote and encourage healthy and active lifestyles. Prizes will be awarded to the teams that collect the most points. There will be many activities and vendors pre and post-race as well, including Soup Cycle, Great Harvest Bread, Yogurt Extreme, Francesca’s Gelato, Pepsi Co, Sierra Springs, and activities with Pajaggle games, ATA Karate, Corvallis Sports Park, and making hula hoops with Replay Children’s Wear. In turn, by engaging with the AHA, our community and everyone involved will have the opportunity to learn more about healthy eating, active living, and fighting our nation’s #1 killer– heart disease.

Corvallis’s first ever HeartChase event is on Saturday, May 19, 2012 from 10am to 12pm at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. Our hope is to bring families, friends, and coworkers of all ages together in a community-wide competition to uncover clues, solve puzzles and complete challenges in a race to the finish line.

Cardiovascular disease and stroke are our nations #1 and #3 killers and much of these problems can be reduced or even eliminated with healthy living, exercise and healthy lifestyle habits. The American Heart Association wants to spread the mission to Corvallis and save more lives.

When we work together to create smoke-free environments, build heart-healthy communities, or partner with businesses for fit-friendly work environments, everyone benefits because together we’re building a healthier culture and better quality of life.

I am reaching out to OSU students to ask for your help in spreading the word about HeartChase by encouraging your friends, family members, coworkers and neighbors to join your team or form their own! For more information on joining a team or volunteering, please visit the HeartChase Corvallis website. Register by May 11 and save $5 off the registration fee. Simply enter the discount code: early 5.
Get Your Game On!



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