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Spencer Readyto 'Run Foryour Heart'
Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer
Two-time Diamond League cham-pion, 400-metre hurdler Kaliese Spencer, is throwing her support behind the Heart Foundation of Jamaica's (HFJ) 'Run for your Heart' event set for the Stadium East this Sunday, November 25.
From 7 to 11 a.m., members of the public, sports clubs, organisations or companies will participate in the event, which is aimed at raising much-needed funds that the HFJ needs so that it can continue to offer affordable heart testing, care and rehabilitation, among other services, to the general public. The HFJ will also be offering health checks on location.
Spencer is the 2006 World Junior Champion and one of the top 400-metre hurdlers in the world. She decided to support the event because she is concerned about the heart health of her countrymen and women, who form the bulk of her fan base.
"These days, there is an increasing number of our Jamaican citizens being detected with one type of heart-related disease or another; from increased cholesterol levels to high blood pressure," she said, visibly concerned.
It is against this background that she is not only urging Jamaicans to support Run for your Heart, but to embrace healthier lifestyles.
"I believe the adoption of a healthier lifestyle is one big step in fighting these medical problems in order to have our citizens enjoying a longer and healthier quality of life, so I admire this effort by the foundation to try and develop instruments to try and influence our citizens and the aid they are giving to those in need of assistance," said the two-time Olympian.
Previously known as the Heart Foundation Fund Run, Run for your Heart, according to Deborah Chen, executive director for the HFJ, is being positioned as a premium fitness event on the Corporate Area calendar of events, and one that will evoke greater levels of fun and excitement among companies, schools and fitness enthusiasts through increased participation and endorsement from celebrities and public figures such as Spencer.
Prizes will be awarded to teams that collect the most money from sponsorship and the team that has the most number of participants. There will also be spot prizes for runners on the track.
"I am, therefore, just encouraging you all to come out and support a just cause while giving your health a good boost," Spencer said. "See you there."