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Harris Teeter Recognized as a Top 25 Heart Walk Champion for 2010

Harris Teeter Recognized as a Top 25 Heart Walk Champion for 2010

Charlotte, NC — Harris Teeter has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a 2010 National Heart Walk Champion.  Twenty-five companies across the country are being recognized as leaders in supporting the American Heart Association through the Heart Walk.  Harris Teeter ranks #5.

 “At Harris Teeter, we are committed to encouraging a culture of wellness for our employees and the American Heart Association has been a strong partner,” said John Rohr, Regional Vice President for Harris Teeter. “The Heart Walk gives our employees the opportunity to celebrate their healthy lifestyle changes and raise critical funds for research and educational programs. We are proud to be a 2010 National Top 25 Heart Walk Champion for the American Heart Association.”

Harris Teeter partners with organizations like the American Heart Association that are advocates for medical research, education and building healthier lives.  Company associates could donate to the American Heart Association during the company’s annual giving campaign and participate in Heart Walks in Charlotte and Greensboro.  In these markets, Harris Teeter is the Eat Street sponsor, providing heart-healthy food and beverages to walk participants.  Harris Teeter also donates millions of pounds of food to a variety of non-profits because of its additional focus on hunger.

Harris Teeter also works closely with its shoppers and employees to make it easier for them to live healthier lives.  In 2006, the company launched its yourwellness program and shoppers who sign-up for the yourwellness e-letter receive a bi-monthly e-letter handcrafted by Dr. Russ Greenfield and Beth Avery, R.D.  The bi-monthly e-letter also includes a shopping the aisles video, a recipe video and a member only discount.  The yourwellness Heart Healthy Diet video is a specific example of the company’s commitment to its customers, helping them learn how to shop while keeping their heart health in mind. 

Daily exercise is also an important part of building a heart healthy lifestyle.  Ralph Sacco, M.D., president of the American Heart Association, said the Heart Walk events “instill passion within the community to reduce disability and death from heart disease and stroke while generating excitement for a new or renewed commitment to a healthy lifestyle. So we applaud these companies for making big strides in the area most critical to our overall health.”

Since its inception in 1994, the Heart Walk has promoted physical activity and heart-healthy living in a fun family environment.  Each year, more than a million walkers participate in more than 300 events across the country, raising funds to save lives from heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 and No. 3 killers of Americans, respectively.

To learn more about the Start! Heart Walk and to get involved, click here.