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NEMO Heart Health’s first annual Celebrity Stride for Your Heart Day made the news! Kirksville Daily Express’ Taylor Muller wrote a gratifying article summarizing the event hosted at the local Hy-Vee.

‘Dozens of local celebrities took it in stride at Hy-Vee for the closeout event for NEMO Heart Health and its celebration of all things cardiac during February as Heart Month.
All throughout February the local heart health group hosted awareness events at Hy-Vee and throughout Kirksville aimed at encouraging and facilitating heart health both before and after crucial and dangerous moments like cardiac arrest or strokes.
“We just wanted to get people thinking about healthy activity,” said Troy Mihalevich, NEMO Heart Health Board president. “The month is an opportunity for people to think about heart health and the food we put in our bodies and our activity levels every day.”
For seven hours Saturday, about three dozen local celebrities, elected officials and city, Truman State and Northeast Regional employees took turns walking or jogging for 15 minutes on a treadmill situated in the middle of Hy-Vee.
The runners brought attention, and about $730 in donations, to NEMO Heart Health and its mission of heart care. After setting out to buy and place 50 automated external defibrillators in the Kirksville community in five years, the group has managed to place 100 AEDs in just the past four.
“We could have all 100 of our AEDs out there but if no one pulls it out of the cabinet or uses it at the important time, they’re worthless,” Mihalevich said.
With the automatic defibrillation units scattered across Kirksville, NEMO Heart Health is turning its attention to the education and prevention aspects of heart health, both informing the public on AED use, but also steps that can help prevent cardiac arrest and the need for an AED.
“We need to get the word out on how easy an AED is to use,” Mihalevich said. “This is a big deal. This can save peoples’ lives.”’

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Photos courtesy of Taylor Muller/Kirksville Daily Express


We’d like to give a big thanks to all of the local celebrities who walked for heart awareness and to everyone who donated to keep the celebrities on their feet. We were able to raise $730 thanks to all of you!