Candy-gram sales to benefit cardiovascular research

As we celebrate Valentine's Day, it's important to think about anatomical hearts, which perform the vital job of pumping blood through our bodies. Cardiovascular health is a major health concern.

Cardiovascular disease (heart disease, stroke) is the leading cause of death worldwide and in the United States. It is thought that as many as a third of Americans have hypertension (high blood pressure), a large risk factor for the development of several cardiovascular diseases. Other risk factors include:

  • obesity,
  • diabetes,
  • sedentary lifestyle,
  • high sodium diet,
  • high fat diet,
  • chronic stress and
  • smoking.

The American Heart Association (AHA) donates millions of dollars each year to clinical and basic science research. Between 2008 and 2012, AHA gave more than $4 million to cardiovascular research in the state of Nebraska alone and UNMC received more than $2.6 million of these funds.

To help raise funds for AHA, UNMC's Cellular and Integrative Physiology Department has formed a team for the May 11 Heart Walk at Miller's Landing.

You can help them meet their fundraising goal - and get a sweet gift for your Valentine -- by purchasing candy-grams this week from CIP students and postdoctoral fellows. Valentine's Day themed bags of candy will be sold for $3. For an extra $2, a card with a personal message will be included and delivered to your friends, colleagues or loved ones on campus.

  • When: Monday, Feb. 11 - Thursday, Feb. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Where: DRC Commons and outside the UNMC Cafeteria


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More on the AHA

The mission of the American Heart Association is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

The AHA donates millions of dollars each year to clinical and basic science research. Research supported by AHA has saved countless lives through the creation of CPR, pacemakers, drug treatments and patient care guidelines.