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A special advertising section to The Indianapolis Star ● Wednesday, Aug.28, 2013

2013 Indianapolis Heart Walk Saturday, Sept. 14 8:00 a.m. White River State Park’s Celebration Plaza

Heart Walk chairman compelled by daughter’s health crisis

ary Hentschel, president of KeyBank’s Indiana district, has a heartfelt reason for supporting the 2013 Indianapolis Heart Walk as the event chair. His life has been impacted by the health crises of his daughter, Emily, whose once-tiny heart has been mended through lifesaving surgeries.

Early scare

“Emily is a healthy, active high school freshman,” Hentschel said. “But shortly after birth, we discovered that she essentially had two large holes in her heart.” The holes surprised everyone. Emily’s birth had been unremarkable, and her three older siblings exhibited no health problems in infancy or childhood. The family had noticed only one troubling sign. “Emily struggled to keep her food down in the first two weeks,” her father said. “Her pediatrician examined her and heard a heart murmur, which can point to heart trouble. He referred us to a pediatric cardiologist, who diagnosed some smaller holes and two large holes.” At just three weeks old, Emily was admitted to Riley Hospital for Children for a procedure that bought the family some time. “The doctor wrapped a metal band around part of her heart to keep her blood from flowing back out,” Hentschel said. “That surgery accomplished its goal of being a temporary measure.” As his daughter grew older and stronger, specialists were called in to repair the holes.

A mini heart lesson

It’s not unusual for babies to be born with tiny holes in their hearts. Pediatricians may hear heart murmurs in young patients and monitor the condition closely. Sometimes, small holes close on their own with no lasting effects. When major defects are present, specialists perform surgery. The human heart has two pumping chambers, called ventricles, which are divided by a wall. In Emily’s situation, the wall between the two chambers had an opening — a condition called a ventricular septal defect. The two filling chambers of the heart — the atria — likewise are divided by a shared wall. For Emily, a hole between the atria allowed one side of her heart to overfill with blood. This is deemed an atrial septal defect. Without surgical intervention,

Emily’s prognosis would have been bleak. At age two, therefore, she was readmitted to Riley Hospital to undergo open-heart surgery. “The surgeon literally wove fabric into Emily’s heart to close those two holes,” Hentschel said. “It’s amazing how far our technology has come. In Emily’s case, the assumption is that if she had been born 25 years earlier, she would not have lived.” Today Emily visits her cardiologist annually for checkups. She enjoys good health and has no physical limitations.

When communities come together



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Gary, Emily and Pam Hentschel

Hentschel has a history of supporting the American Heart Association in its mission to promote healthier lives free from cardiovascular disease. In the past, he captained KeyBank’s local Heart Walk team. As this year’s event chairman, he is reaching out to organizations and individuals, inspiring them to donate to and participate in Heart Walk events. “I’ve found that the great majority of companies allow and encourage their employees to use some of their time to support a great nonprofit event like the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk,” he said. Lisa Van Tassel, director of the Indianapolis Heart Walk, said Hentschel’s drive and passion will serve two important purposes: It will ensure the event’s success and increase awareness of heart health locally. “The American Heart Association recruits well-connected members of the community, like Gary Hentschel, to help get new companies involved with the Heart Walk,” Van Tassel said. “We know that we can get heart health information to people at their workplaces, where they spend the majority of their time.” ●

Rise and shine for heart health The 2013 Indianapolis Heart Walk begins at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, in White River State Park’s Celebration Plaza downtown. The event opens at 8 a.m. and includes a 5K run, a 1-mile walk and a 3-mile walk. Participants can register for free at and are encouraged to use the website’s tools to raise money in support of the American Heart Association.

Taming a killer

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. today. The American Heart Association estimates that a third of the nation’s adults are affected by cardiovascular disease. The organization works from coast to coast throughout the year to raise awareness of the warning signs and encourage heart-healthy habits. “Prevention is our message,” said

Lisa Van Tassel, Indianapolis Heart Walk director. She and her colleagues strive to boost involvement in events like Van Tassel Heart Walk, where participants pledge to make healthier choices with their hearts in mind. “Each year, our goal is always to gain more participants, who learn how to improve their heart health,” Van Tassel said. Last year’s Indianapolis Heart Walk broke previous records for the number of participants and volunteers, with about 10,000 people joining in all. The fundraising total increased about 15 percent from 2011 to 2012, too.

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Why walk when you can run? By Julie Young For Custom Publications

The 2013 Indianapolis Indianapollis Heart Walk and 5K Run WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 8 a.m. – gates open 9:30 a.m. – opening ceremony 9:45 a.m. – 5K run 10 a.m. – 1- and 3-mile walk


Where: Celebration Plaza in White River State Park


bout 6.2 million runners finish 5K-length races each year in the U.S. The distance is less than 5 miles, is easy to train for and builds the participant’s confidence while offering an exhilarating race experience. “It’s the perfect race for veteran runners as well as those who may be running competitively for the first time,” said Keith Konkoli, senior vice president of Duke Realty Corporation, a board Konkoli member for the local American Heart Association affiliate and an avid runner. For anyone who feels the need for speed, the 5K segment of the 2013 Indianapolis Heart Walk is the event of the season. Sponsored by Duke Realty and organized by Tuxedo Brothers Event Management, the third-annual run adds a competitive element. From 250

runners in its inaugural year, the race field nearly doubled to 435 participants in 2012. “We didn’t overly promote it that first year, so naturally participation was low. But as word of mouth spread that there was a new race in town, the running community responded. I suspect it will continue to grow at a rapid pace,” Konkoli said.

Running with purpose

The 5K run opens the door for more people to know about and support the AHA locally, he added. The Heart Walk offers free registration and encourages individuals, families and other groups to raise funds, while the 5K race has a $25 entry fee. In exchange, participants get a commemorative T-shirt, a time chip and the satisfaction of running with purpose. The event aligns with Duke Realty’s commitment to promote health and wellness among employees and the

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central Indiana community. In 2012, the company was named a Fit-Friendly Worksite by the AHA for encouraging physical activity and healthy living. Konkoli is excited that this year his company is adding a new dimension to the well-established event. “We wanted to find a way to support the AHA through events that people are passionate about,” he said. “We have a lot of runners in our organization, and there are a lot of people who were eager to try a more competitive run for the first time. This gives them a perfect opportunity.” Don Carr, president and race director for Tuxedo Brothers Event Management, anticipates Carr that runners will enjoy this year’s scenic course. The 5K begins at Celebration Plaza in White River State Park and loops around the waterway without interfering with the

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Konkoli appreciates that the Indianapolis Heart Walk includes the 5K event to provide active options for everyone. Plus, running is an efficient exercise that burns lots of calories, he said. His entire family is taking part and supporting the AHA, whether they end up strolling along one of the scenic walking courses or running the fast track in record time. “With something for everyone, no one has to sit on the sidelines and just watch. Everyone can get up and get moving, which is what the Heart Walk and 5K is all about,” he said. ●

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he 2013 Indianapolis Heart Walk, hosted by the local affiliate of the American Heart Association, will take place this year in White River State Park’s Celebration Plaza on Saturday, Sept. 14. Organizations and individuals are encouraged to form teams for the Heart Walk and join in a major fundraising effort. As part of the event, the AHA is organizing the Indianapolis City-Wide Executive Challenge. Each participant agrees to raise $1,000 or more, which will help the AHA raise awareness of heart disease and fund medical research. AHA data reveals, in fact, that cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S., with someone dying from a heart-related illness every 39 seconds. “The most successful companies are those who have executive involvement and encourage it from the top down,” said Alexandra McMahon, senior director of the Indianapolis Heart Walk. Corporate leaders have embarked on a six-week challenge to raise funds for the AHA. During this timeframe, participating execs are showing positive leadership in the community and within their own organizations. “They’re the ones supporting this event and the ones setting the pace,” McMahon said. “Throughout these six weeks, they do a robust fundraising campaign, reaching out to their contacts, friends, family and co-workers, encouraging people to make donations to the Heart Walk.” Last year’s Heart Walk chair, Denny Oklak, chief executive officer for Duke Realty Corporation, is Oklak heading up the Executive Challenge. Through the corporate competition alone, he intends to raise


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Are you on the A list? A number of high-profile local companies are planning to participate in the 2013 Indianapolis Heart Walk on Saturday, Sept. 14. Here are a few of them:

American Funds Group Angie’s List Barnes & Thornburg BSA LifeStructures Community Health Network Crowe Horwath Deflecto LLC Delta Dental Duke Realty Corporation Eli Lilly and Company

Franciscan St. Francis Health Ingram Micro Mobility IU Health J.D. Byrider KeyBank Kite Realty Roche Diagnostics Somerset CPAs St.Vincent Health UnitedHealthcare

$125,000. For all elements of the 2013 Indianapolis Heart Walk, the AHA has a goal to generate $1 million. To date, 36 participants have committed to this year’s challenge. “The Heart Walk has been going on for over 25 years now and has been a key fundraiser for the American Heart Association here in central Indiana for a long time,” Oklak said. “It benefits such a great cause when you look at heart disease and the significant effect it has on the health of our society.” Whether you are a walker or runner, have a history of heart disease or love someone who does, plan to step out on Sept. 14 for a worthwhile cause. Registration opens at 8 a.m. The 5K run begins at 9:45 a.m., followed by the 1and 3-mile walks at 10 a.m. ●

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Greens vs. genes

Diet and exercise can’t always trump ancestry By Angela Parker For Custom Publications

Familial hypercholesterolemia:


What is it?

The Solero family works — and plays — together as part of their heart-healthy lifestyle.


ndi Solero was just 23 years old when her father, an anesthesiologist, predicted that her husband, Dan, would have a heart attack by the time he was 40. Naturally, that assertion was not well received. “I thought, ‘How dare you? I don’t want to hear that.’ So I ignored it but kind of tucked it away,” Solero said. Her father’s prediction was not arbitrary, but was based on the younger man’s high cholesterol. “Dan turned 40 in January 2012, so I was thinking about what my dad said and wondering if it was going to happen,” Andi said. “On July 18, Dan came to me and said, ‘I don’t feel well. My jaw Solero hurts. Will you take me to PromptMed?’” As the pair drove to the medical clinic, Andi began to recognize that her husband’s pain was more significant than an achy jaw. So she drove not to the clinic but to the emergency department of the local hospital. “I tell my friends he didn’t have a ‘TV heart attack,’” Andi said. “He wasn’t grabbing his arm, short of breath. It wasn’t until he was in the ambulance that the really bad chest pain started.” Testing revealed that Dan’s left anterior descending artery was 100 percent blocked; a secondary artery was 90 percent blocked. He was transferred to


Indianapolis, where a surgeon inserted two stents. “He said Dan was a walking time bomb, that it was a ‘widow maker’ and if I’d waited, he would have died,” Andi said. “He said most people in that case say they don’t feel well, go lie down and die in their sleep.”

All the right moves

Dan had long known he had high cholesterol. He’d even taken steps to counteract it, running regularly, eating a fairly heart-healthy diet and taking cholesterollowering medications. A heart scan performed in April indicated he should pursue additional testing and care, which he did, but Dan’s heart attack occurred before the results were available. And though Dan had been on multiple statin therapies from the time he was 30, they simply hadn’t worked. At a followup appointment, Dan was diagnosed with familial hypercholesterolemia, a hereditary condition that doesn’t always respond to cholesterol-lowering medications.

What now?

In the year since Dan’s heart attack, the Soleros have improved their eating habits, becoming largely vegetarian. Even their two children, Ty, 12, and Carlee, 8, eat better to promote heart health. Dan and Andi had their kids’ cholesterol tested, too. Carlee’s was normal, but she’ll be tested later to determine whether she carries a gene that could pass to her children. Ty’s test results told a different story. Where a normal result is less than 200, his topped 300. “I had just seen my husband have a heart attack and nearly die,” Andi said. “I was thinking, ‘Oh my gosh. My son has the same problem. I do not want to see him have a heart attack at 40 years old.’” Ty’s favorite foods — bacon and milk — can’t be considered healthy. He has since switched to soy milk and eats packed lunches. For breakfast he drinks veggie smoothies. “His numbers have come down remarkably well, but he still has to take Lipitor and go to a cholesterol clinic every three months,” Andi said. Meanwhile, Dan’s most recent checkup revealed a cholesterol level below 200 for

Dan Solero and his son, Ty, both have familial hypercholesterolemia, or FH, one of the most common life-threatening genetic disorders. Though it affects about one in 500 people, only 20 percent of cases in the U.S. are estimated to have been diagnosed. Most people who have the disorder exhibit few symptoms until they have a heart attack. The body needs and continually manufactures its own cholesterol. But individuals with FH can’t “recycle” the cholesterol their livers produce, so the level in their bloodstream remains high. Over time, the excess cholesterol can cause blockages in the arteries of the heart and brain. Parents, brothers, sisters and children of people with FH all have a 50 percent chance of having the condition, too. Typically, relatives show a pattern of very high cholesterol, early heart disease and heart attacks from as early on as their 20s. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children with a family history of early heart attacks or heart disease — that is, before age 55 in men and age 65 in women — should have their first cholesterol test after age 2 and before age 10. When the condition is detected early, individuals can reduce their risk of heart disease to more normal levels. Source: The FH Foundation

the first time ever. “He had some minor damage in the very bottom of his heart, but it’s almost at 100 percent functioning, which is pretty amazing given the severity of his heart attack,” Andi said. “I’m reminded every day of the blessings I have ... that I listened to my dad and that Dan came to me when he didn’t feel good instead of going to lie down.” ●

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Scan as soon as you can By Angela Parker For Custom Publications


ean Hill’s granddad, Denver, lived to be nearly 90 but had his first heart attack in his 60s. Dean’s father, Dave, had his first attack even earlier, at age 54. Later, in November 2010, Dave collapsed in his yard when his defibrillator went off. And when that happened, Dean’s wife, Missy Herrington-Hill, felt a sense of alarm that couldn’t be stilled. A single question was stuck in her mind: Did the Hill men’s experiences have implications for her 43-year-old husband?

information the scan revealed. “The tech said, ‘You have a family history of heart disease, don’t you? Your heart shows it,’” Missy said.

A $49 heart scan is worth every penny

A hard-hearted problem


Heart scans measure calcification, or hardened deposits, in the arteries. The ideal Woman’s intuition heart scan score is 0, Missy became determined that Dean and a score of 100 to should have his heart health checked. He 400 points to potential resisted, asserting that he was young and trouble. Dean’s score? When this photo was taken in 1995, the Hill family didn’t know felt fine. Higher than 1,250. it represented four generations of hereditary heart disease. “I was a lunatic,” Missy said. “I He was in danger Counterclockwise from the right are Denver Hill; Denver’s son was on Dean every day. I just couldn’t of suffering a widow Dave; Dave’s son Dean; and Dean’s newborn son Douggie. get it off my mind. He finally went in maker — a sudden, fatal December.” heart attack — and was medication to control his blood pressure. The couple made an appointment advised to have surgery immediately. Yet his blood pressure continued to with the cardiologist who treated Dean’s Even then, Dean was not convinced rise, despite an increased dosage and father and grandfather, expecting to of his heart’s dire condition and delayed decreased sodium in his diet. be supported for their proactive steps. the procedure long enough to attend an “It was going up because my heart Instead, they were met important business meeting. was closing up,” he said. “It starts with condescension and When the doctors finally Several central Indiana catching you when you’re about 16. I advised not to pursue got him on the operating health care facilities, know it’s not politically correct, but my testing because it likely table several days later, including those listed doctors told me ‘Your family history wouldn’t be covered by the heart catheterization below, offer $49 heart just sucks. You could eat lettuce your their health insurance. But procedure revealed at least scans. Call a center near whole life, but this was going to happen before leaving the office, the eight blockages — one at you to schedule your anyway.’” doctor said Dean could get 100 percent. Stents weren’t appointment. The Hills are a blended family with a heart scan if he wanted to an option, and the surgeon Community Heart and four sons. Missy’s boys are the two “waste more money to feel performed four heart bypasses. Vascular Hospital oldest. Because she’s adopted, they don’t good about himself.” Dean was hospitalized. (317) 621-8575 know their full family history. After “Now I can say I’m very “It was amazing; as soon Dean’s experience, each one of them glad he treated us the way Franciscan St. Francis as I woke up, they got me went in for testing. he did,” Missy said. “Had Health out and started walking,” “When they were wheeling Dean he just said, ‘I think you’re (877) 888-1777 Dean said. “I went home and away to have surgery, the last thing OK. Come back in a year,’ was able to telecommute. Hendricks Regional we probably would not After about week four, I was he said to me was, ‘You go get a heart Health scan,” Missy said. have gone the next step. I’ve back at work and headed to (317) 718-8500 She and her sons received normal never liked the word ‘no.’” a meeting in Detroit.” IU Health results, but Dean’s older son, then To pacify his wife, Dean (317) 688-2955 16, already showed signs of heredity went to a local hospital Family ties heart disease. Ever since, a pediatric for a $49 heart scan. The St.Vincent Health Dean was in his 30s cardiologist monitors his cholesterol. amount was miniscule (866) 432-4457 when he started taking His little brother was too young at the considering the life-saving

Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 cause of death in America, which makes a $49 heart scan a wise investment. The painless, noninvasive test takes about 30 minutes to complete and can detect evidence of heart disease. Heart scans use low-dose radiation to take pictures of the heart, lungs and blood vessels and measure hardened or calcified plaque inside the coronary arteries. An ideal coronary calcium score is 0; a score higher than 50 indicates some risk for heart attack, and a score higher than 100 is a sign of serious heart problems. Heart scans are recommended for all men aged 40 and older and for women older than 45. If you’re younger than the standard age, ask your physician if a heart scan is advisable. They’re not recommended for people who’ve had heart catheterizations or been diagnosed with heart disease. Risk factors for heart disease include: • Family history of heart disease. • History of stroke. • Any other vascular disease. • High cholesterol levels. • History of diabetes. • High blood pressure. • Obesity. • Smoking. • Sedentary lifestyle.

time for doctors to determine whether he may have the same problem. For now, Missy and Dean are watching his cholesterol levels. If the digits move in the wrong direction, he’ll become a regular guest in the cardiologist’s office, too. “[The cardiologist] is overly cautious now, which is fabulous,” Missy said. ●

Think of stroke as a brain attack By Jen Bingham For Custom Publications


troke is the No. 1 cause of disability and a top cause of death in the U.S. today. A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted by a blockage in the arteries or a burst vessel in the brain. In each scenario, brain damage occurs when cells die from a lack of fresh oxygen. When strokes are diagnosed and treated quickly, the damage can be minimized. But with each passing minute, a stroke causes more harm to brain tissues. Unfortunately, many people don’t know when they’re having a stroke. For this reason, all individuals should be taught to know and remember the warning signs and, even more important, to maintain good health for life. “Know the warning signs and symptoms and make sure you’re controlling any risk factors,” said Jerry Smartt, Jr., MD, an Smartt Indianapolis neurologist. “A lot of the risk factors for stroke are the same risk factors for heart disease.” Smartt said a stroke can be considered a “brain attack,” which helps people

understand that every suspected instance requires immediate treatment in a hospital. People of all ages are susceptible to stroke. Suzan Oliver, for one, was just 31 when she suffered a massive brainstem stroke that left her in a coma. Doctors predicted she would not survive. Now, 14 years later, Oliver has recovered completely and works as a 911 dispatcher in the Morgan County Oliver Sheriff’s Office. Below, she describes her journey back to health.

What was going on when you suffered the stroke?

I was being treated for kidney disease that had come up suddenly, and I was admitted to the hospital for complications. I had a massive brainstem stroke the next day. I had a lot of fluid from the kidney disease, and the dialysis made it come off too quickly, causing my blood to thicken. Blood clots went up both sides of my brain. At that point, the stroke caused my brainstem to separate from the spinal

cord. The neurologist told my family there was no brain activity; I had stopped breathing and was on a ventilator. Most people are considered dead at that point.

How did you ever recover?

The doctors said it was a miracle. I was in a coma for eight days, and the doctors thought I’d never wake up. My mother was asked to donate my organs because there was no brain activity, but my family never lost hope. Members of my church and family continued to pray for me. My brainstem and spinal cord reattached on their own.

Describe your recovery.

It was very hard, very difficult. When my physical therapy began, the therapist asked me to move my big toe. As hard as I tried, I couldn’t even do that. I was in St. Francis Hospital in Beech Grove for one month, and after that I was transferred to a rehab hospital. I was in for a total of 99 days. The first time the physical therapist tried to get me to stand at parallel bars, I stood for 10 seconds, with a therapist to hold me and another behind me with a

Signs of stroke Common stroke symptoms include sudden numbness or weakness, confusion, trouble seeing, dizziness and a severe headache. For the sake of your own health and others’, remember to act F.A.S.T.: Face. Smile to see if one side of the face droops. Arms. Raise both arms. If one drifts downward, that’s a sign of stroke. Speech. Slurred words can point to a stroke. Time. In the presence of one or more symptoms call 9-1-1 and seek immediate medical care.

wheelchair. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life.

Were you ever tempted to give up?

I never gave up; I just continued to try. I was released from the hospital on my mother’s birthday, and she said it was the best birthday gift she could get. ●

Walk a little, gain a lot

30 minutes a day could save your life


y the time you finish reading this article, another adult in the U.S. will die from cardiovascular disease. And by the time the clock turns to midnight, more than 2,215 more will pass away. The statistics about heart disease are startling — but they don’t have to become your reality. In just 30 minutes a day, you can drastically improve your odds of a heart-strong future. The American Heart Association’s Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology journal reports that brisk walking can decrease your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. In fact, fast walking can have as much of an impact on these factors as running. Now consider that walking has the lowest dropout rate of all types of exercise, and you should begin to see that the path to good health begins on your own sidewalk.

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“One of the things people tend to underestimate is the risk for cardiovascular disease that’s associated with a sedentary or inactive lifestyle,” said Mark Jones, MD, FACC, president of the AHA’s local board of directors. “People seem more aware of some risks of associated medical conditions, but they’re not aware of — or Jones they ignore — the impact of exercise or the lack thereof on those conditions.” The bottom line, according to Jones: “Regular amounts of moderate exercise can significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular events.” Your first step is to decide you want to begin a walking program. While the AHA recommends getting 30 or more minutes of moderate to vigorous activity

five days a week, the organization also contends that individuals can accumulate physical activity throughout the day. Three 10-minute sessions, for example, have the same effect as one 30-minute session. But don’t feel you have to stop when you reach 30 minutes. You’ll soon want to challenge yourself to achieve longer periods of sustained exercise. “Most people have to start less than the recommended 30 minutes and work up to it,” Jones said. “Simply walking more is an easy way to do this. A lot of people think they don’t have the time for exercise, but walking more in daily activities can significantly change overall activity levels.” He recommends taking the stairs over the elevator, parking farther away from your destination and taking extra laps around the department store to accumulate additional minutes of

exercise. After making these changes, stick to a regular daily time to walk and start with a 10-minute duration. “Maybe do that a couple or three times a day,” Jones said. “Eventually, many people can find the time they didn’t think they had.” Another smart tip from Jones is to pay attention to positive effects taking place throughout your body — and not focus too specifically on one component. “Individuals can get locked into one target and are unaware of benefits achieved in other areas,” he said. “People get focused on the magnitude of weight loss achieved or absolute magnitude of change in lipid numbers, forgetting other positive aspects that are achieved by the combined end effect of increased exercise.” When you step out on the path to better health, your entire body will reap the benefits. ●

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Teaching gardens

Growing healthier lifestyles By Deb Buehler For Custom Publications


tudents returning to seven local elementary schools are excited to see what bloomed over summer break. Each school is participating in the Teaching Garden program, thanks to support from the American Heart Association. During June and July, teachers, volunteers and students took turns watering their plots, while others had to wait for the school year to begin before finding out which spring sprouts had grown into full-size vegetables.

Growing a love for gardening

A little more than a year ago, Jane Fletcher, a second grade teacher at Homecroft Elementary School in Perry Township, applied for a grant from the American Heart Association. Her request was to receive funding to plant and maintain a small garden on school property. When the grant was approved, Fletcher and her students constructed raised garden beds using lumber and soil. Just two weeks of the school year remained when the materials arrived, so the team had to work quickly to build and plant the garden. They got needed support from Erik Fromm, a player on Butler University’s basketball team, along with Fletcher’s two sons, Clayton and Kyle, both of whom are managers for Indiana University’s men’s basketball team. Additional help came from Joan Miller, owner of 40 Minute Cleaners in Southport, and the food service staff at Perry Township Schools. “We had started seeds in our classroom in early March,” Fletcher said. “Edgewood Feed & Seed staff talked to us about planting — how deep to plant seeds and their watering needs. We learned what happens if you overwater, too.” The team chose plantings that would ripen by late summer, including broccoli, cauliflower, three types of lettuce, strawberries, snow peas, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, sage and basil.


Soil, seeds ’n’ veggies

The American Heart Association’s Teaching Gardens program is being funded by such organizations as The Glick Fund, Lilly and Duke Energy Foundation. The program combines science and nutrition with education and gardening. Schools that implement Teaching Gardens use health-focused curriculum to educate students on good nutrition while giving them an understanding of planting, tending, harvesting and preparing fresh vegetables. At schools like Thompson Crossing Elementary in Franklin Township, the food service staff is tracking students’ nutritional choices to gauge the impact of their Teaching Garden.

Local elementary school students reap what they have sown.

Homecroft Elementary’s garden will produce only a small harvest — not enough to share with all 600 students. To give everyone a taste of garden-fresh produce, the township’s food service staff intends to order additional tomatoes and Brussels sprouts.

Second-year results

At Franklin Township’s Bunker Hill Elementary School, students are busy tending to vegetables, flowers and herbs. Now in its second year, the Teaching Garden is providing lots of opportunities for students to watch and understand how plants grow. They’re also learning why homegrown vegetables look different from what’s available on grocery store shelves. “The goal of the gardens is to educate students about the process of how food grows and what it looks like coming up from the ground,” said Alison Pickett, guidance counselor for Bunker Hill. “I’ve met my goal, as students have more nutrition and agriculture knowledge and a do-it-yourself attitude.” After the first year of planting and

harvesting, Pickett said, students left school wanting to grow a garden at home. This year, students reported that they’d tended a garden. The school’s art department has gotten involved in the project. Each of Bunker Hill’s 600 students hand-painted a flower on the garden boxes, which helped to give them a deeper connection with the project.

Bucket brigade

Rachelle Fisher, a fourth grade teacher at Thompson Crossing Elementary School in Franklin Township, was among the first nationwide to receive a Teaching Garden grant. After carefully considering the project’s objective, school leaders decided to install the garden beds in an inner courtyard. That location presented a unique challenge, because a ton of soil had to be moved from outside the school into the courtyard. Students and parents solved the problem by forming a human chain, carefully passing the soil in buckets and filling the garden boxes without a spill. “The students are loving this

experience,” Fisher said. “My classroom last year harvested herbs and tried them all. They’ve tried things they’d never heard of. The students go home and tell their family about it, and then the whole family gets involved.” Fisher plans to expand the program to include a sensory garden for specialneeds students. She’s now researching ways to engage more kids with colorful leaves and blooms, different textures and strongly scented plants. School wide, teachers are incorporating gardening and nutrition lessons into the math, literature and reading curricula. Thompson Crossing’s fifth-grade students, for example, were asked to measure the finished gardens and determine how to divide the space into equal plot sizes for each classroom. “This is a phenomenal project for the American Heart Association to organize,” Fisher said. “It brings together my two loves – children and gardening. Now our students are getting out and active, having fun and getting dirty. Hopefully some of our students will develop a lifelong love for gardening.” ●


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Giving back is personal at J.D. Byrider By Julie Young For Custom Publications


he nation’s leading “buy here, pay here” used car dealership, J.D. Byrider works to provide drivers with reliable vehicles at affordable prices. Even more, the company is determined to give back to customers and the community. “We believe in creating solid partnerships with area entities, grounded in the idea that if given the tools and resources they need to succeed, people can change their lives for the better,” said Jim England, president of J.D. Byrider Advertising Group, Inc. “Setting anyone up for failure is not part of the program.” England

remains — eager for the auto dealership to support AHA’s mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Personal connection

J.D. Byrider’s partnership with the AHA goes beyond financial contributions. The company supports the Go Red for Women Luncheon held in Indianapolis each February and the Indianapolis Heart of Gold Ball in May. J.D. Byrider also is the primary local

"DeVoe wrote a $25,000 check ... that's how we became involved with the American Heart Association."

A winning combo

—Jim England

hospital, where doctors determined that England’s left anterior descending artery was completely blocked. Only 8 percent of people who develop the condition actually survive, which explains why the cardiac community calls it the “widow maker.” England is fortunate that someone in the crowd of football fans was able to administer CPR quickly; his heart muscle was not damaged. And while he continues to monitor his condition and adjust his behavior at times, England says the experience solidified his commitment to the AHA and has motivated him to help raise awareness of heart disease. “I went back to Columbus and was a ‘passion speaker’ for their AHA board of directors meeting. I get a lot of visits from doctors who want to hear about my experience. The whole thing gave me added perspective to the AHA’s mission, even though it’s not the perspective I wanted,” he said. England continually motivates J.D. Byrider employees and others to take care of themselves. He knows firsthand that heart disease can happen to anyone at any time without warning. The dealership specifically encourages employees to walk around periodically to get their blood flowing. “We live in a sedentary world, and we don’t move around like we used to,” he said. “One of the easiest ways to improve one’s overall lifestyle is to walk. You don’t need to join a gym. You can do it anywhere, and it is the one exercise with the lowest dropout rate.” ●

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In 1979, the late James F. DeVoe Sr. opened a used car and special financing department at his Marion, Ind., Chevrolet and Cadillac dealership. At the time, the U.S. economy was rough, loan interest rates were high and workers in blue-collar industries were struggling to remain employed. DeVoe went to work helping credit-challenged customers get needed transportation. Soon, his reputation grew and word spread of his business model. A decade later, that back-office venture became its own brand — and the J.D. Byrider franchise was born. But DeVoe knew he needed to do more than simply meet the transportation needs of overlooked consumers. He began seeking out charitable opportunities that would enable him to support the community while increasing the new brand’s exposure. His main objective was to avoid becoming the stereotype of the used car salesman. While researching charitable organizations, DeVoe was visited by an old college friend, who presented the ideal partnership. “She was a regional director (for AHA). After speaking with her, DeVoe wrote a $25,000 check and asked me to follow up on it,” England said. “That’s how we became involved with the American Heart Association.” Like J.D. Byrider, the AHA is committed to helping people improve their circumstances. England was — and

sponsor for the 2013 Indianapolis Heart Walk on Sept. 14. England chaired the event in 2009 and 2010, serves on the local affiliate’s board of directors and is a heart attack survivor. The latter event, he said, “was a little more research than I wanted to do.” In 2011, England had just watched the Ohio State football team win a game at “The Horseshoe” in Columbus, Ohio. Instead of celebrating the win, England went into cardiac arrest. Paramedics arrived and transported him to the

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Fit-Friendly Worksites By Shauna Nosler For Custom Publications


he cost of health care in the U.S. is a topic of ongoing conversation in homes, businesses and every level of government today. Nationwide, health care spending has grown faster than thee overall economy every year since the 1960s. In 2010, spending on health caree reached 17.9 percent of the GDP. In the workplace, rising costs are having a major impact on employers. A report from the American Heart Association shows that employers are spending nearly 60 percent of their after-tax profits on health benefits for employees. Employers clearly have an interest in caring for their most valuable asset: their employees. At the same time, they must manage costs to remain viable. And that’s where the AHA’s FitFriendly Worksite program fits in. The initiative is designed to encourage physical activity and better heart health on the job. Small and large companies are invited to earn the Fit-Friendly Worksite distinction by implementing such healthy measures as providing walking routes, promoting walking programs, offering tracking tools and establishing “sneaker days” for staff members


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on associates’ physical, emotional and financial wellness. Be Well includes comprehensive benefits, initiatives and resources, with many services available Fit-Friendly RCI puts wellness for free or at a low cost to associates. to work “We have integrated all aspects of Launched in 2008, the Be Well wellness programs to create a holistic program at Carmel-based RCI creates a approach,” said Stephanie Bramel, RCI’s healthier work environment by focusing director of human resources. “It’s not just about exercise. It’s not just about eating well. Wellness programs need to be integrated in your culture, recognize that every person is different and work to make things convenient for employees.” The Be Well program is one reason RCI recently was named a platinumlevel Fit-Friendly Worksite by the AHA. “The American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Fit-Friendly Worksites, such as RCI's Be Well program, have been recognized by the AHA. Worksite is an excellent

program for employers to be recognized for their health and wellness efforts,” Bramel said. “RCI is proud and honored to be part of the distinguished group of employers that received recognition by the AHA this year, and we celebrate our platinum designation.” To help associates lead healthier lifestyles while balancing family, work and other responsibilities, Be Well offers onsite and virtual fitness and weight-management programs, nutrition education, healthy menu items in company cafeterias, support for associates struggling with stress and financial planning workshops. Several RCI locations are equipped with fitness centers and staff full-time nurse practitioners. “At RCI, our Be Well programs are continuing to help employees embrace a healthy lifestyle,” Bramel said. RCI’s parent company, Wyndham Worldwide, was honored at the White House last year. The organization received an Innovation in Reducing

Learn CPR to save a life


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The American Heart Association will offer free training in Hands-Only CPR at the Heart Walk, Sept. 14.


n just a few minutes, you can learn how to save the life of someone in distress. Participants in the American Heart Association’s 2013 Indianapolis Heart Walk can learn Hands-Only CPR before the walk. “Hands-Only CPR is a simple thing to learn,” said Matt Bussard, an Indianapolis firefighter who provides AHA-certified CPR training through his company, On-Site Training & Service, Inc. “It basically teaches you to be able to recognize when a person is in cardiac arrest and then start doing chest compressions,” Bussard said. The simple 15-minute lesson will demonstrate the easiest method of sustaining a person in cardiac arrest until first responders arrive. “(The Heart Walk) is offering a quick, down and dirty CPR class. It just teaches the recognition of a person in cardiac arrest and then doing chest compressions,” Bussard said. “Research has shown that compressions alone are enough to sustain a person for the first few minutes until someone with more training can show up. Knowing basic CPR techniques can make a difference

in the overall outcome of the patient.” Manual chest compressions take over for the heart’s pumping action when the vital organ fails to beat. The action keeps the blood moving and oxygen flowing while maintaining blood pressure. According to the AHA, Hands-Only CPR can double a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival. Alexandra McMahon, senior director for the Indianapolis Heart Walk, said the AHA has a goal to teach Hands-Only CPR to at least 400 participants this year. Each family will receive a takehome kit courtesy of Wellpoint to share the training with family and friends. The easy-to-learn instructions are based on the Bee Gees’ disco anthem, “Stayin’ Alive.” Chest compressions should be delivered at a rate that simulates 100 heartbeats a minute, McMahon explained, “which is the exact tempo of the song.” When you head to the Indianapolis Heart Walk on Sept. 14, you’ll enjoy healthy exercise, learn simple CPR and get your groove on at the same time. What you learn could even save a life. ● IS-6094774

To be considered a Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association, a company must go above and beyond to support employees’ healthy habits. The program has two levels — gold and platinum — awarded to organizations with 25 or more employees. Gold-level companies fulfill stated requirements by encouraging and supporting employees’ physical activity, offering healthy food options and promoting a culture of wellness. The company also must implement six or more recommended physical activities, two nutrition activities and one culture activity, all of which are described in the FitFriendly Worksite application, available through the AHA. Platinum-level companies must meet all of the gold-achievement criteria and also make one behavior change, save money or demonstrate a positive return on investment. The AHA’s Worksite Innovation Award is additionally given to employers that achieve all gold-level requirements and implement innovative, effective programs that promote healthy behavior in the workplace. The Community Innovation Award is given to employers that meet all gold-level criteria and implement programs in the community as well as the workplace. Contact the American Heart Association to learn how your company can earn the Fit-Friendly Worksite designation. The application deadlines are April 1 and Nov. 1 each year.

Health Care Disparities award from the National Business Group on Health. Around Indiana, 55 other companies have been designated as Fit-Friendly Worksites. Others achieving platinum status include Cummins Technical Center in Columbus, Indianapolis-based WellPoint and, in Carmel, Shepherd Insurance & Financial Services and CNO Financial Group. ●

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