Sikorsky President Jeffrey Pino and Area Leaders Asking Everyone to Show Heart and Take a Walk

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Sikorsky President Jeffrey Pino and Area Leaders Asking Everyone to Show Heart and Take a Walk

March 17, 2010

  STRATFORD, Connecticut - Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. President Jeffrey Pino and a team of 14 area business, community and educational leaders have come together to support the American Heart Association (AHA) in promoting workplace health and rallying people from throughout the region to join the 2010 Start! Heart Walk.

“Poor health due to stress or inactivity affects us as individuals and as members of organizations. We can’t let preventable health problems take the vitality out of ourselves, our families, our businesses or our communities,” said Pino, who is serving as chairman for the 2010 Greater New Haven Heart Walk, scheduled for Saturday, May 22, at Savin Rock in West Haven.

Working with him and the AHA are:
•Rocco Calo, Secretary-Treasurer, Teamsters Local 1150
•Ben Cozzi, President, Operating Engineers Local 478
•Brian Richards, Director of Information Technology, Gaylord Hospital
•Cathy Finlayson, Sales & Marketing, Servpro of New Haven
•Christopher Hamel, Vice President and General Manager, Tighitco, Inc.
•Doug MacDonald, Deputy Director of Security, The Knights of Columbus
•Ed Drew, Associate Vice President of Strategic Business Services, United Illuminating Company
•Hon. John Picard, Mayor, City of West Haven
•John DePuma, Chief Operating Officer, Milford Fabricating
•Tansley Stearns, Vice President of Sales and Service, Connex Credit Union
•Rebecca Johnson, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, University of New Haven
•Richard Meisenheimer, President, Spectrum Associates, Inc.
•Robert Scinto, Chairman, R.D. Scinto, Inc.
•Sean Crowley, Vice President of Global Research and Development, Covidien
•Shari Compario and Lucille Musik, Walmart

Cardiovascular disease and stroke are the country’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers, respectively. They also contribute to high healthcare costs that can cripple some businesses. According to an American Heart Association survey, 60 percent of CEOs cite healthcare as their top cost pressure. Nationwide, more than 140 million people are overweight or obese, and sedentary jobs have increased 83 percent since 1950, according to the AHA. The Connecticut Department of Public Health estimates that nearly half of the state’s adults don’t get enough physical activity.

The annual Start! Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s flagship campaign event to raise money for critical research and public awareness.  Pino and his team will lead the organizational and recruitment efforts of thousands of area volunteers, stroke and heart attack survivors, walkers, and business leaders. 

To learn more about the Start! Campaign, register for the Greater New Haven Start! Heart Walk, or find out about sponsorship opportunities and forming a team, call Susan Daddio, Director of the Greater New Haven Start! Heart Walk, at (203) 294-3529 or go online to www.newhavenheartwalk.org.

About the American Heart Association
Founded in 1924, we’re the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke.  To help prevent, treat and defeat these diseases, we fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health.  To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit americanheart.org.  The American Heart Association serves Connecticut’s eight counties and population of more than 3.5 million people.   The American Heart Association is a proud member of Community Health Charities of New England. To learn more, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit americanheart.org.

About Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture, and service. It is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., which is based in Hartford, Conn., and provides a broad range of high-technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.

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