Story and photos by: Stephanie Huynh | Contributor | firstname.lastname@example.org
The American Heart Association’s (AHA) Mobile Heart Walk was held on Saturday, Nov. 6th, on South’s campus. Both the starting line and many pop-up booths were located at Moulton Tower.
Last year, the Mobile Heart Walk was hosted digitally on Nov. 14th due to COVID-19 restrictions. Participants were urged to walk safely around their homes and neighborhoods, sharing photos of their 8 a.m. exercise with a “Mobile Heart Walk” hashtag on social media. This year, the program returned to a degree of normalcy and was fully in person.
On Oct. 27th, an email from the Office of the President said, “Heart disease is the number one cause of death for Americans and affects the lives of many members of our community. As an engaged community partner, the University is committed to helping make the 2021 Mobile Heart Walk a success.” Interim President Smith encouraged students, faculty, and staff to participate in the walk, whether it be through walking, fundraising or personal donation.
Registering to participate in Heart Walks offers social and physical benefits for walkers while helping those in need. According to the AHA website, signing up will “save more babies and kids who have congenital heart defects, train thousands in life-saving CPR, fund groundbreaking brain and heart research, and champion health equity for all.”
Though the university did not make its campus fundraising goal of $20,000, there were still many walkers who came to support the efforts to save people who struggle from heart disease and strokes.
In total, over $200,000 was raised for the AHA. The top 5 outstanding companies for this year’s Mobile Walk were Maynard Cooper & Gale, USA Health, Hargrove Engineers + Constructors, the University of South Alabama Campus and Infirmary Health. The top 5 outstanding teams were Jay Watkins – Heart Walk Chairman, USA Health IT Heartbeats, Hargrove, IH Heart and Vascular Institute and Mobile Heart Specialists.