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Put your heart first — Join the American Heart Association Mid-South Heart Walk to save lives

Thousands of Mid-South area residents are expected to join the Heart Walk on Saturday, October 6th, to raise funds to fight heart disease and stroke, America's No. 1 and No. 4 killers. The annual event begins at 8 a.m. at AutoZone Park.

The noncompetitive, three-mile walk includes teams of employees from local companies, along with friends and family members of all ages.

"For every hour of brisk walking, life expectancy may increase for some adults by two hours," said William Kenley, heart walk chairman and administrator and CEO of Methodist Hospital in Germantown. "That's a 'healthy' return on investment and one that we hope will inspire participants to take up walking regularly using American Heart Association Walking Paths and Walking Clubs."

Research has shown walking is the single most effective form of exercise to achieve heart health. The benefits of walking and moderate physical activity for as little as 30 minutes each day can help reduce the risk of heart disease.

"We want people to know that it is never too late to start down a healthier path," Kenley said. "Our hope is that the Heart Walk will help jump-start a culture of healthy living among participants and increase passion for supporting the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association."

The American Heart Walk is sponsored nationally by Subway and Jenny Craig. Sponsors for the 2012 Mid-South Heart Walk include: The Regional Medical Center, Methodist Healthcare, Cigna, UT Medical Group, Baptist Memorial Health Care, Fox 13, Soul Classics 103.5, NewsTalk 98.9, Kix 106, 98.1 the Max, and the Memphis Flyer. Menthia Clark with Soul Classics 103.5 and Mearl Purvis with Fox 13 will serve as emcees.

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The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke. The organization teams up with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. It is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke.

The American Heart Association's next event, the DeSoto Heart Walk, is on Saturday, October 13th, at Snowden Grove Park in Southaven beginning at 8:30 a.m. For more information, visit

Father's legacy inspires first-time Heart Walk fund-raiser

In the early-morning hours of April 11, 2010, Jennifer Cox Cordell was awakened by the ringing of her phone with news that would change her life forever.

"I remember hearing my mom's panicked words," she recalled. "She said, 'It's Dad; he's not breathing.'"

In disbelief, Cordell rushed to the emergency room, thoughts of what was happening to her father racing through her mind.

"I thought for a second that maybe he was having a heart attack," she said. "But there was no way that could happen. He was too strong, and healthy people don't have heart attacks."

She was wrong. Her strong and healthy father, Paul Cox — who led the Collierville High School football team as head coach for more than 30 years — had suffered a fatal heart attack.

Looking for a way to honor her father's memory, Cordell teamed up with the American Heart Association for the 2012 Mid-South Heart Walk. Although it is her first year fund-raising for the Walk, her team, Coach's Heart, has raised more than $1,400. She also sits on the community involvement board for the Heart Walk.

"Because of his death, I learned a heart attack can happen to anyone. Don't assume you don't need to have your heart checked just because you feel good," she said. "I feel this was the last lesson he was leaving me to pass on to others."

Get moving: Walking is an easy way to start a fitness regimen

Take the first step. Start with walking! Why? It's easy, it works, and it pays!

And visit to find tools and resources to get you on the right path to a healthier lifestyle.

It's Easy

• Walking is the simplest way to start and continue a fitness journey.
• Walking costs nothing to get started.
• Walking has the lowest dropout rate of any type of exercise.
• Walking is easy and safe.

It Works

• Studies show that for every hour of walking, life expectancy may increase by two hours.
• Walking for as few as 30 minutes a day provides heart health benefits.
• Walking is the single most effective form of exercise to achieve heart health.

It Pays

• Physically active people save $500 a year in health-care costs.
• Employers can save $16 for every $1 they spend on health and wellness.
• Fitness programs have reduced employer health-care costs by 20 to 55 percent.
• Reducing just one health risk in the workplace increases productivity by 9 percent.
• Reducing one health risk decreases absenteeism by 2 percent.

Have your cake and stay heart-healthy, too

We all crave the occasional sweet treat from time to time, and when you are trying to eat healthy, it can be hard to find a dessert that won't wreck your plan.

The next time you find yourself craving your favorite cupcake or pie, try one of the American Heart Association's heart-healthy desserts.

Devil's Food Cupcakes with Almond-Mocha Topping on Raspberry Sauce

Serves: 24; 1 cupcake, 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons sauce, and 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons topping per serving

Cupcakes 1 18.25-ounce box devil's food cake mix 1 2.5-ounce jar baby food pureed prunes 1 cup strong coffee, or 1 cup water plus 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules 3 large egg whites 2 tablespoons canola or corn oil

Sauce 2 12-ounce packages frozen unsweetened raspberries, thawed 1/2 cup sugar 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules 2 teaspoons water 8 ounces frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed in refrigerator 2/3 cup sliced almonds, dry-roasted

• Preheat the oven to 325°F, or as directed on the package. Lightly spray two 12-cup muffin pans with cooking spray.

• In a large mixing bowl, combine the cupcake ingredients. Follow the package directions for beating the batter and baking and cooling the cupcakes.

• Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, stir together the raspberries, sugar, and cornstarch until the cornstarch is dissolved. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, or until thickened, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat. Let cool completely, about 20 minutes. Stir in the vanilla.

• In a medium bowl, stir together the coffee granules and water until the coffee is dissolved. Fold in the whipped topping until well blended. Cover and refrigerate until needed.

• For each serving, spread 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons raspberry sauce on a dessert plate, top with a cupcake, spoon 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons whipped topping mixture over the cupcake, and sprinkle with about 1 1/2 teaspoons almonds.

Nutritional Analysis Per Serving
• Calories Per Serving: 173
• Total Fat: 4 g
• Saturated Fat: 1 g
• Trans Fat: 0
• Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g
• Monounsaturated Fat: 2 g
• Cholesterol: 0 mg
• Sodium: 198 mg
• Carbohydrates: 31 g
• Fiber: 2 g
• Sugar: 18 g
• Protein: 2 g

Dietary Exchanges 2 carbohydrate, 1 fat

This recipe is brought to you by the American Heart Association's Face the Fats campaign. Recipe copyright © 2009 by the American Heart Association. Look for other delicious recipes in American Heart Association cookbooks, available from booksellers everywhere and at


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