2019 North Texas Heart Walk WFAA Special


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scheduled programming will not be seen at this time, so that we may bring you the following WFAA special presentation. (Upbeat music) ♪ National Anthem ♪ – Hello again, everyone. I’m Joe Trahan, and welcome to the American Heart
Association’s 2019 Heart Walk to build healthier communities
across North Texas. Right now we’re in the opening ceremonies. As you can hear the
Anthem going on behind us. Of course we respect the Anthem, but we’ve got a lot to get to, so we’re gonna keep going with the show. But just for a second, let’s take a moment, to listen to the Anthem, and get us in the right frame of mind. ♪ Watched ♪ ♪ Were so gallantly streaming ♪ ♪ And the rocket’s red glare ♪ ♪ The bombs bursting in air ♪ ♪ Gave proof through the night ♪ ♪ That our flag was still there ♪ ♪ Oh, say does that ♪ ♪ Star-Spangled Banner yet wave ♪ ♪ O’er the land of the free ♪ ♪ And the home of the brave ♪ (crowd applauding) – [Joe] All right, that is how you get us in the right frame of mind to get us going for this years Heart Walk. Joining me now, is WFAA health and wellness
reporter, Sonia Azad. Sonia, here we go. Great morning, great way to start it. It is a beautiful morning, Joe. I am so happy to be here, again, with you and all these great
folks for the Heart Walk. It is a really energized crowd. They are on fire this morning. – And that’s the great thing, right? There’s a great energy, the crowd so big. I mean we’re expecting
about 60,000 people. The Dallas Heart Walk is the nation’s largest event of its kind. These walks are held annually, in more than 300
communities across America. And, of course, we’re
pleased to be with you, live, right here in downtown Dallas. – And here’s the deal, if you’re close by, you still have time to
come down and join us. The walk kicks off in about 30 minutes. If you can’t get here, there is another way that you can help. You can text the word
“Heart” to 5-2-0-0-0, and automatically donate
$5 on your wireless bill. The money raised today is gonna help people right here in North Texas to live
longer and healthier lives. Take a look at this. Last year alone, the American Heart Association contributed over 7 million dollars to North Texas research hospitals, funding more heart and stroke research than any organization, outside of the federal government. Also, the AHA works directly with schools, encouraging the next
generation to be healthier. Which is exciting to me! And reaching over, well
over, I should say, 700,000 North Texas students. That’s a huge number. Also, 286,000 adults and teens
have been trained in CPR, AED usage, and just basic lifesaving skills. – Yeah, there’s so much
great work going on. And we got a lot of great people here, because Reunion Park is absolutely packed. But there’s also another
Heart Walk that’s going on in Fort Worth, at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. Let’s check in with our Hannah Davis, who’s in the thick of things there. Good morning, Hannah. – Good morning, Joe. Good morning, Sonia. You know there’s always that
Dallas-Forth Worth rivalry. And we’re gonna keep
it going this morning. I think the crowd out here is beating the crowd out
in Dallas this morning. Absolutely fantastic. We see walkers, we see families out here, individuals, couples, and a lot of people bringing their four-legged friends. So I had to get in on the fun. I brought my boy Tobias out this morning. He’s supporting The Heart
Association and heart health. But you know, what’s really
cool about this also, is people are learning specific skills that they can take. Oh, he saw another dog. And learn and help save lives. Take a look over here. This is the Hands-Only
demonstration center for CPR. Folks are learning how to do this and this can save a life. But more than anything guys, today I wanted to show you
this family right here. This is Team Benjamin. And more than anything, this
is why we’re here today. Take a look them, Benjamin is a strong little man. He’s been dealing with heart
issues since he’s been born, and his family has learned
so much through this. And they wanna his story, and teach other people what to look out for, what to be aware of, and how to be an advocate for your child. Thank you guys for
being here this morning. And Benjamin, I love your sunglasses, sir. This is just the start. We’re gonna send it back to you guys. It’s so much fun this
morning in Fort Worth. (cheering) – Yeah, thank so much, Hannah. My man, Benjamin. He’s ready to roll, he’s good to go. – He is. – And you know it’s no surprise that this event grows annually. One of the big shifts over the past year, within the American Heart Association, involved a change in
their way of thinking. While the AHA remains dedicated to ending heart disease and stroke, they’ve added a new dimension, by taking a holistic approach to overall health and wellbeing, physically and mentally. Sonia, you know you’ve been
highlighting some of the ways to improve your health, in these past few weeks. And I’ve seen some of those
morning news segments. They’re great stuff. – Yeah, I mean if you’ve been
watching Wellness Wednesdays, that’s what we’ve been
talking about for a long time. Taking a look at what the
AHA calls “Life’s Simple 7”. Those are the seven risk factors that people can improve through just lifestyle changes, you guys. So the goal is to help to achieve, not only ideal cardiovascular health, but really overall health and wellbeing. So, we’re talking about managing your blood pressure, controlling cholesterol, reducing blood sugar, eating better, losing weight, stopping smoking, and also getting more active. This month at both Heart Walks, attendees are gonna be able to see and experience these seven elements really come to life, in interactive mission zones. So it’s everything from
checking your blood pressure to playing games that sort of explain ways to live an overall healthier life. – You know I’m doing okay, Sonia. I got about five of the seven, I’m still working.
– All right. – You know I’m working on it. – We got one year. So next year, when we’re sitting here, I’m gonna expect seven of seven. – All right, all right.
– Okay. – Perfect seven. – Challenge accepted. – I like it, I like it. (laughter) And you know taking those
small steps everyday, because you never know how those steps could save your life, or the life of someone you love. And here’s a story of one gentleman whose dedication to physical activity saved his life. – I’m Angelo Keyes. I’m a entrepreneur, small business owner, here in the Dallas area. I’d spent my whole life
in health and fitness. I was in the gym all the time, I ate right. That’s why it wasn’t just a shock to me, but others around me. They’re like, “Wow, if he can go down, you know, what about me?” The first heart attack I had was in 2014. I ended up having a triple bypass. That’s something that– that happened while I was
in the gym working out. Initially, my vital signs were not showing that I was having a heart attack. Then, finally, blood tests came back. Doctor said, “You need to
have emergency surgery, now.” So I had probably 80% blockage
in one of my arteries, 60 in another, and 50 in another. Some people were like, “Look, all that working out
did absolutely no good.” But my doctor said that
the shape I was in, is what saved my life, and gave me that fighting chance. What they’ve subsequently
found out is that it was a genetic issue, where my body produces more
of the bad cholesterol. You can be fit on the outside, but what about the inside? I used to be concerned
with health and fitness, but now I’m more concerned
with health and wellness. I walk because I wanna make the most out of my second chance. (piano music) – Alright, now we wanna
go to Sonia right now who is with Angelo Keyes to talk more about his incredible story. Sonia? – Yeah. Joe, and it really is incredible. Angelo, we just heard your story. You’re here getting
warmed up for the walk. But look, you said you ate well, you exercised.
– Yeah. – Seemingly you did all the right things, right?
– Right. – So, what did doctors say? Why did this happen? – Well, after my open-heart surgery, and subsequent two other heart attacks, they discovered I had a genetic predisposition for
the blockages in my heart. But they also said that
if I was not in the shape I was in, the condition I was in, that I would not have survived. – Yeah, and certainly not recovered as well as you did.
– Exactly. – And healed.
– Right. So, you look like you work out. I’m just taking a guess. – Yeah, yeah. – He definitely works out.
– A little bit. – A little bit. What are your favorite exercises? What do you do? – My foundation is weightlifting, but I call functional fitness, because it enhances the other things I do, as far as sports and athletics. As you saw in the video,
I do boxing fitness. So, it helps me with that. As well as another form of martial arts. – That’s a good range. – Yeah. – ‘Cause you’re moving your body in a lot of different ways.
– Yes. – Textures, I like to say. So, what does overall health and wellness really mean to you? – It means a balanced, healthy lifestyle. Not only the fitness aspect, but your nutrition, as well as your mind, you know, getting enough rest. And reducing the amount
of stress in your life. And just remembering to be happy. – And I know that that sounds
like a lot for people at home, you’re like, “How do I
reduce the amount of stress, and eat well, and exercise?” But really, you just gotta
throw yourself into it, and overtime you develop, – Yes.
– Sort of a rhythm for yourself, right? – Yes, yes, again it becomes a lifestyle. And you get into those
habits, those healthy habits, and it becomes easier once you do that. – Angelo, thank you
for inspiring us today, to get heart healthy, and we appreciate you
being here and walking. – I really appreciate it. I’m honored to be a part
of this, and thank you. – Alright, Joe, back over to you. – Yeah, healthy habits,
just get into that routine. It helps so much. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in America, and around the world. In fact, every 40 seconds,
someone will have a heart attack. That’s why the Heart Walk is so critical, because it raises awareness
and funds across the nation. Did you know that 80% of cardiac events are preventable with healthy lifestyle changes? The AHA does so much more
than raise funds for research. They have become one of
the leading organizations, in the charge for healthy living. For those of you watching at home, remember that you can
text “Heart” to 5-2-0-0-0, to make a contribution
that can save a life. Also, this even would not
happen without the genero- generosity, that is, of
each of the Walk sponsors. So thank you, to all of those
who make today possible. It takes little changes to live a healthier life. Up next, we hear from a mother who is out to make sure
that her and her daughters don’t become another
heart disease statistic. (audio disruption) – Well I gotta tell you what, you guys, the energy, you can feel it. They’re doing The Wobble right now, they’re having a blast out there, it’s palpable. You can feel that great energy here. It’s just hopping all around us, people having a great time dancing, getting their heart rates up. And, uh, now we’d like
to go back to Hannah in Fort Worth for more. Hannah? – Hey guys, I’m out here in Fort Worth with Cami, Executive Director of Tarrant County. What do you think about
this turn-out this morning? – Oh my gosh, this is incredible. We have so many people here, it is just amazing. And you know, they are all learning about heart health, how they can eat healthy, and lose weight, and get physically active, and control their high blood pressure, and control cholesterol. But you know, there are a lot of people
that are not here today, who don’t even know where their next meal is gonna come from. And they don’t know– they don’t have access to
fresh fruits and vegetables in their community. And we’ve got to attack that, too. We’ve got to really make a
difference on both fronts. Helping people prevent, and then helping people have access. – [Hannah] What are some of the
things you’re doing out here in Tarrant county to attack that problem? It’s not an easy problem, right? What are you guys able to do? – [Cami] Oh my gosh, so we are collaborating
with a lot of organizations around community gardens. Community gardens allow
people to start planting seeds in lots that are vacant
in their neighborhood, and they plant some seeds, grow them, and then they can sell the
fresh fruits and vegetables to people that are in the
community who need them. – I love that. And there was one other thing that you guys were talking about. It’s this phrase, and we hear a lot of phrases guys, it was the idea that a single
spark can light a flame. That’s something that’s going on out here. What is that idea? And how– I see a flame out here. How are we seeing this come to life? – There is a flame out here, and so here’s what that means. Everyone here can make simple changes every day in their life. And that is a spark. That is a spark. And that helps to inspire their loved ones that live in their house with them, or their colleagues that
they work with every day. That inspires others. And if we can get enough
people to make that change, to have that spark, then they can light a flame. And enough people, enough flames are lit, then we are igniting the torch of the American Heart Association. – [Hannah] Cami, I love that. I love that. And when we saw folks like
Team Benjamin out here, it’s like, that’s the reason why we’re here. Seeing that whole family coming together. – Yes! That’s why. – Thank you so much for talking to me. – Oh thank you so much. – Successful event, we’re so happy to be here. We plan on being here next year as well. – I’m so glad to hear that, that’s great. – And you know everybody
out here is walking for a different reason. We talked to a lot of them beforehand to hear their special stories. We’ve got another special
story lined up for you. Take a look at this while I walk. – My name is Bob Jing. I’m a dentist in Fort Worth at an office called 7 Day Dental. We’ve been here for ten years. I work here every single day, seven days a week. I was in the middle of seeing a patient. All of a sudden, whatever I was trying
to say to the patient, to my co-workers, did not make any sense anymore, and I used my feet to kick the wall, but I didn’t feel anything. My co-worker called the ambulance and took me to one of the
hospitals in Fort Worth. And sure enough, I was having a major stroke. Before the stroke, I would have fast food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Three times a day, for years. I had two minor strokes
before the major stroke. I just ignored the warning signs my body was giving to me. After the stroke, I changed my diet. Nowadays, it’s completely
fruit and vegetables, and nuts and fish. No more carbs, and no more candy, no more sugar. I started exercising as well. I have a rowing machine at home, I also have a treadmill at home. I use those almost every day. I walk because I want to see my daughters graduate from high school. They’re the main thing in my life. I love them very much. And my wife. I want to take care of them. I don’t want anything
to happen to me again. That’s why I walk. – All these stories are so powerful and so impactful. We’re got another one here from a mom who is out to make sure that she and her daughters don’t become another heart disease statistic. – My name is Karen Thornton. The first time I got involved with the American Heart Association, I attended the Go Red For
Women’s Luncheon in Fort Worth. After that luncheon, I decided to volunteer with the organization because once you hear the mission, you hear what they’re trying to accomplish on a day-to-day basis, it’s hard not to get involved. During that luncheon, I learned that one in three women will die from cardiovascular
related diseases and stroke. And I thought to myself, “I have two young daughters at home, that’s not a statistic
that I can just ignore, or live with going forward. There’s got to be a solution, there’s gotta be a way that
we can change those numbers.” So, I started volunteering. (uplifting music) I had some fairly unhealthy habits. We’re still working on
some of those habits, but as an example, you know, I drank about a six pack of Coke a day. Since being involved with
the Heart Association, getting rid of sugar out of our diet, particularly sodas, has been a major
accomplishment for our family. There are some day-to-day
changes that you can make. And there are some things
that we have successfully done as a family. But just having a
conversation with people, in ways that we have not done before, having conversations with each other, I think has probably
been the biggest benefit. Not only is it easy to
engage in the conversation, but there’s a natural flow and a desire to be a part of the movement
that fixes the whole problem. I walk because I wanna
lead my family by example. I don’t want them to just hear me talking about things, I want them to see me doing things. And I want my daughters to know, if their mother can get out and walk and make a difference for herself, then they can do the same. – As we just saw in the video, eating healthy has so
many different benefits. Join me in welcoming award-winning chef, Richard Chamberlain, of Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House, the fish market grill. He knows a thing or
two about heart health. In fact, eating healthy does
not mean a lack of flavor, or creative flare, isn’t that right? – Absolutely, and you know today, I picked halibut. – Oh! – As a really, really healthy way to start this meal. – [Sonia] Yes. – We’re looking for really bright flavors to pair with that halibut. – I’ve got started here
some chicken stock, some light coconut milk, and then we’re gonna finish that with some fresh ginger. – [Sonia] Okay. – And then a little bit of spice, this is red coconut– or red curry paste. And a little goes a long way. – Yes, it does. – Because it can get really spicy. – Yep. – Some green onions, and then a little chili pepper here. I love throwing in some fresh herbs, a cilantro, and then I have some basil
right out of my garden that’s just perfect right now. – You can smell it, I mean that’s a really nice aroma. – And then for vegetables, I’ve got roasted red peppers, some bamboo shoots, and then these beautiful
French green beans that have just been lightly blanched in some salted water. – Perfect. – And really these– all this just warms up in the sauce that already has a beautiful flavor. – You don’t really need much salt, then, because you’ve got all of
these flavors going, right? – That’s exactly right. And the curry paste actually has a fair amount of salt in it, also, so really you don’t need any. The halibut gets poached
in this coconut curry broth just really, really quickly for just a couple of minutes. And then every good sauce like this needs a little fresh lime. – There you go. That’s going to add a nice juicy flavor. – It has such a lightness to it, and then also, I like to pour some juice
and then some of the zest. Really kind of blow up that lime taste. – Yeah! – It’s really good. – Blow it up, I like that. And for those that don’t know, halibut is a nice light fish. – It is so light and delicious. – Yeah, and it’ll really
absorb all these flavors. – Absolutely. So we’ll let that halibut just cook. And then I’ve got some
already cooked here, and what we’re going
to do is just top this with those beautiful green beans. – How long would you let that cook for? – So the halibut only cooks
for about three minutes. – Okay. – It’s really fast. – Very quick. – It’s just on a little light simmer. – Okay. And there it is! – And I love to pair a
little brown rice with it. – Oh, who doesn’t love a
little brown rice on top? – Mmmhmm. – Alright, Chef. Thank you so much. That looks fantastic! I’m gonna dig in in just a moment. – Please! – We appreciate it. – Yeah who doesn’t like
a little brown rice? Can I say something? Seriously.
– Yes. – Thank you for those cooking segments, because it’s those small things. When you can actually see them in action, so you can put them into action, it makes a difference. So thank you. – I mean, honestly, it is delicious. And when he said you only cook
that fish for three minutes, it’s fast. – Right. – Fast and easy, okay. So we have been talking about small ways to improve your lifestyle changes. Shifting, right? Such as moving more, eating better. But what if you live in an area that doesn’t have access to healthy foods? Well WFAA and the
American Heart Association have been working together to spotlight the dire need
for healthy food options throughout North Texas communities. We’ve been telling stories
of a lot of dedicated people in South Dallas, and their inspirational
efforts to bring healthy food to the area. – [Female Reporter] In
another part of Dallas, what some might call “the other side of the tracks”, this would not pass for a grocery store. But in this neighborhood, in this zip code– – [Woman’s Voice] 75216 – [Female Reporter] It’s
much easier to buy beer than bananas. – No, growing up, there were no healthy options. Unless– your healthiest option
was probably going to be your school cafeteria. Not even a Subway. Not even a Subway in this neighborhood. – [Female Reporter]
Unesha Wells would know. – Hey! Goodmorning, how you doing? – [Female Reporter] She was born in 75216 and raised here by her grandparents. – [Unesha] You can see they still have my high school pictures up. – [Female Reporter] Her grandmother died. – But grandfather Raymond Cunningham is 79 and still lives– – South Denley Drive. – [Female Reporter] In the same home. – 75216. So I would just be out
here a lot by myself. Reading, maybe listening to music, singing. – [Female Reporter] Unesha is now 39. – Yeah this was my spot. – [Female Reporter] And she
has an adult’s perspective on all the obstacles she faced as a kid, which her family and friends still face, trying to live a healthy life. Life expectancy in 75216 is comparable to some
third-world countries. Cars are expensive, so Unesha walked or rode a bus to shop, and carried groceries home. And restaurants? There are a lot of them, but not a lot of them are healthy. – Everybody wants a Whole Foods, or an Eatzi’s, or something like that. So in this neighborhood, you’re not gonna find that. It is definitely a food-desert. You’re gonna get fried foods, you’re gonna get barbecue, you’re gonna get things like that. Even access to parks
and nice walking trails. There is definitely a class system between the haves and the have-nots, but to be honest with you, my grandparents instilled
so much value in me, that I was about 15 to 16 years old when I realized I was a have-not. – [Female Reporter] Unesha
was the first in her family to graduate high school. Then, she graduated college. A former teacher and current
community volunteer in 75216, she’s frustrated that a zip-code determines wealth and health. – Hey! – How are you today? – Good, how are you? – Feeling a little better. – Good to see you. – [Female Reporter] There is
plenty of good going on here, and that will lead to change. – Remember, when the vowel is short
you do not hear it. But when it’s long, you hear it. – [Female Reporter] Like more
than 35 percent of the people in this zip-code, Glenda Davis battles high blood pressure. Which led to a stroke. Unesha is teaching her reading and math. – She’s a product of this
neighborhood as well. And anything that is done with her is gonna strengthen 75216. – [Female Reporter]
They’re at For Oak Cliff. That’s one of the non-profits the American Heart Association
chose to work with, to increase food options and education. To make 75216 a healthier place to live. – [Unesha] I can’t
believe you remember that. – [Female Reporter] Roots
and pride run deep here, but it’s time to respect that past– – [Unesha] We’re going
to do the work in 75216. – [Female Reporter] and build– – I’m gonna go ahead and go
down to the other place, okay? – [Female Reporter] a better future. In Dallas, I’m Theresa Woodard. – [Unesha] Alright, love you too. – Interesting story there. You know, right here in our own backyard, there are people who struggle with getting healthy food. And the AHA is working
with other organizations across North Texas to help change that. So joining us now is President
of Operations for AT&T and the American Heart Association, Dallas Division board member, Scott Mair. Scott, thanks so much
for being here with us this morning. – Thank you for having me! – And tell me, what did you think about the video we just showed the people at home? – Well it’s actually spot on, because there’s a lot of places where people don’t have
access to healthy food. And that’s what we’ve been focused on. Really what are the
social causes of health? And so as a result of that, we’ve identified a number
of areas here in Dallas that really need to change. There’s things that need to change in order to provide healthier
food and access to food. So we’ve been focusing on what we can do for the residents of 75216, the zip-code. And make sure that they have
access to what they need to be healthy, and we want to make
sure that we can engage in a very thoughtful and realistic way to make a difference. – What are the areas of focus? Can we gain some ground
when it comes to these areas that are so-called “food deserts”? I’ve driven around them, and really, there isn’t much. – Yeah. And in terms of– we’ve been working with grocery stores and things and organizations, and saying, “It makes a difference.” If you want to make a
difference in the community, come join us, and provide that type of healthy food. But there’s other things that
we’ve been doing as well. One is, we call those the “food deserts”, but we’re also working on
things like e-cigarettes, right? And if you follow any of the media, that presents a lot of risk to kids in our community. And so we want to address in a very thoughtful but serious way around the health risks of e-cigarettes. And also make sure that
we’re educating people on those risks. Just like the AHA has done for decades, the risks associated
with cigarette smoking. There’s risks associated
with e-cigarettes, and again, that’s about heart health
and healthy living. – Well we appreciate all that you do, all that AT&T does. Also your work with the Board, Scott. It’s important work, and you guys have certainly
been doing a great job with it. That is a wonderful example of how large companies around DFW can impact the communities they serve. So, Scott, thank you so much
for the time and the effort. – Thank you very much for having me, and we’re going to have a great day today. – Yes we are. We are really gearing up here. Remember, you still have time to
text “Heart” to 5-2-0-0-0. That donates 5 dollars automatically. Your contribution really, collectively, can help to save someone’s life, you guys. – We want to thank all of
our guests this morning for talking about how heart disease has impacted their lives. This is a disease that affects everyone. Sonia and I both have
personal experiences. My father passed away from a heart attack, and I know you’ve had issues
in your family as well. – Yeah heart disease runs in my family, on my mom’s side of the
family specifically. High cholesterol, high blood pressure, Type II Diabetes. – We’re fighting it, though. We’re going to keep fighting it. Hard work in Dallas and Fort Worth. They’re set up to kick-off
in just a few seconds. Denton will have their Heart Walk at C.H. Collins Athletic
Complex next week. – [Sonia] Hey if you have
questions about heart disease, stroke, or want a healthy lifestyle change, visit Heart.org. – [Joe] Thanks so much. Have a great day everyone.

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