The American Heart Association is proud to partner with Fauquier Health and VEMA, Ltd to bring the Association’s CycleNation event to the Warrenton area! It will be a digital event, which means anyone can participate wherever they are, starting April 26and to May 26and.
“Heart complications, heart attacks and heart disease affect too many of us,” commented Sarah Cubbage, Director of Marketing and Public Relations. Sarah joined the cause to ride under Fauquier Health as team captain. “By partnering with the American Heart Association, we want to encourage a community-wide health initiative to empower community members to come together, form their teams, and engage staff, friends, and family to ride for a good cause.”
Kelly Yoder, director of laboratory services at Fauquier Health, also joined the cause as team captain for the virtual event. Asked about her reasoning for participating, she shared, “My maternal grandparents both died of heart disease. This opportunity motivates me to get back on the bike.
The wonderful part of CycleNation is that it is a month-long initiative. May is Stroke Awareness Month and all teams and riders are encouraged to ride at their own pace. This community initiative is different from what we have experienced in the past. Since this challenge is part of a larger movement challenge, team members can also participate by walking, running, timing on the elliptical, and more.
The top three comorbidities in Fauquier County have been identified as obesity, hypertension, and high lipid levels. The common risk factor reduction for these three areas is exercise. For a healthy heart, it is highly recommended to go for a brisk walk for 30 minutes, three times a week. The Warrenton CycleNation is a fun and meaningful way to encourage more physical activity, celebrate stroke survivors and raise money to save lives.
Rich Pinson, Director of Cardiac Services Line at Fauquier Health, said, “It’s not just about being a cyclist or professional cyclist to participate. We want to encourage participation from all angles to inspire people to move more. As a cyclist myself, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to promote heart health not only to our staff and community organizations, but to all members of our community. Anyone can participate in this cause.
Teams and runners can register to receive a $5 Moe Buck card from Moe’s Southwest Grill in Warrenton and the top fundraising team will also receive a Moe’s Taco Lunch Fiesta. The top three individual fundraisers will receive a free taco kit from Moe.
To date, four community organizations have launched their teams: Fauquier Health, Old Town Athletic Campus, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson + Johnson, and Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce.
To register your organization as a team, visit www2.heart.org.
Once your team is registered, you can set your donation goal and start recruiting your riders. There is no runner limit and any monetary value of donations counts.
The Warrenton CycleNation digital event is locally sponsored by Fauquier Health and VEMA, Ltd. Funds raised through the event are intended for research, advocacy, CPR training and the promotion of better health. Visit www2.heart.org to learn more.