Heart Walk Success

Front Street was thrilled to be a sponsor of the 2013 Alachua County American Heart Association Heart Walk, and even more excited to support our Managing Director – Nick Banks – as he served as the Chair of this year’s walk. The American Heart Association Annual Heart Walk raises funds to support building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. For the past four years the North Florida Regional Medical Center hosts the event and walkers from all over Alachua County come out to support this great cause. Companies put together teams and work hard for months fundraising for this event, and this year was no different! The 2013 Alachua County Heart Walk raised over $245,000, and funds keep coming in! That’s an increase of $7,000 from last year’s efforts! Additionally, Front Street was the County’s #4 top fundraising team! A thank you luncheon was held on Tuesday, November 19th where top walkers, teams and companies were recognized and honored. Also announced was the 2014 Alachua County Heart Walk Chair, Troy Hart which is the President of Santa Fe Senior Living. Thanks again to Nick Banks and everyone who helped make the 2013 Alachua County Heart Walk a success!

More about the American Heart Association;

Their Mission: Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Their Impact: By 2020, to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20 percent.

In 1999 the American Heart Association set a bold 10-year goal: To reduce coronary heart disease, stroke and risk by 25 percent by 2010. They achieved the reduction in deaths ahead of schedule and made substantial progress against three of the six risk factors. Because of this success, the Board of Directors approved a 2020 Impact Goal. This new goal looks beyond helping people reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke by focusing on helping them build stronger health and a better quality of life.

Their Work…
They have an extraordinary impact through their wide range of lifesaving activities. Here’s how:
Improving patient care — They’re improving the quality of health care by creating best practices for treating heart disease and stroke. Thier Get With The Guidelines hospital-based quality improvement program helps heart and stroke patients get the best treatment consistently. Mission: Lifeline helps patients with the most severe kind of heart attack get the specialized emergency services they need to survive.

Advocating for better health — Their nationwide volunteer network, You’re The Cure, advocates for key issues at the national, state and local levels such as requiring physical education in schools, clean air legislation and making AEDs mandatory in public buildings.

Reaching out to populations at risk — Blacks have higher risk and higher death rates from stroke than whites. Their Power To End Stroke education/awareness initiative helps African Americans share information to reduce their risk of stroke. More than 23,000 key opinion leaders, including mayors, professors, ministers and celebrities, have been recruited to be ambassadors working within their own community.

Raising awareness — Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women over age 25, but many women don’t make their own health a priority. Through Go Red For Women, they’re raising awareness among women about their risks and empowering them to protect their heart health.

Protecting the future — Nearly one in three children and teens in the United States is overweight or obese. As a result, more kids than ever before are developing high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and type 2 diabetes. They are helping kids develop lifelong healthy habits and working to make sure that today’s children can grow up to be tomorrow’s healthy adults.

Educating Americans — They save lives every day by offering information and education. They pioneered CPR and millions of Americans use their patient education materials and online tools to help themselves and their loved ones live longer, healthier lives.


Virginia MacKoul

Virginia is a graduate from the University of Florida's College of Design Construction and Planning with a degree in Sustainability and the Built Environment, and a minor in Urban Regional Planning. Virginia joined the Front Street team in 2011, as an intern. Upon graduation, Virginia joined the Front Street team full-time as the Director of Client Services. Ms. MacKoul’s addition furthers Front Street’s continued growth and expansion within Gainesville and other North Central Florida markets. She was promoted to Director of Marketing in 2014 and now manages the firm’s team of interns and oversees all marketing and branding activity. Virginia was born in Boston and moved to Lee County, Florida in 1997. Virginia graduated her high school's International Baccalaureate program and started at the University of Florida with a focus on Architecture. Virginia shares Front Street's passion of giving back to the community and those in need. Virginia's hobbies include photography, cooking, football, movies, music, and spending time with her dog, Brinkley.

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