NIH News Advisory
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 14, 2000
Contact:
NHLBI Communications Office
(301) 496-4236

Arlington Co. Dept. of Parks,
Recreation & Community Resources
(703) 228-3314

Surgeon General David Satcher to Help Launch Innovative Heart Disease Prevention Program
Olympic Skater Michael Weiss Participates in Arlington County Event

What: Hearts N'Parks, an innovative community-based initiative that teaches people of all ages how to incorporate heart-healthy eating and physical activity into their lives, will be launched at a special event in Arlington, Virginia. Program includes a news conference and heart-healthy activities, including cooking demonstrations, race walking and tennis clinics, jump rope demonstration, blood pressure screening, and a seniors group concert. (A list of activities is attached.)
Who: Hearts N' Parks is co-sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health, and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The Arlington County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Resources is the first to offer the program in the Washington, D.C. area.

Speakers:

U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D.
NHLBI Director Dr. Claude Lenfant
NRPA President-Elect Alice Conkey
Arlington County Board Chair Barbara Favola
Arlington Co. Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Comm. Resources Director Toni Hubbard
Olympic Champion Figure Skater Michael Weiss

When: Tuesday, July 18, 2000, 11:00 a.m.
Where: Thomas Jefferson Community Center
3501 S. Second Street, Arlington
(703) 228-5920
Etc: Activities will be conducted from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
A heart healthy lunch will be available for all attendees. The event is held in conjunction with National Recreation and Parks Month in July.