Heart-Healthy Challenge Winners Announced
|Thursday, 14 June 2007|
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) and Merck/Schering-Plough (MSP) have announced five of the ten winners of the Heart-Healthy Challenge contest. The contest is part of the Sounding the Alarm for High Cholesterol program, a partnership between NVFC's Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program and MSP's Strike Out High Cholesterol program. The goal of Sounding the Alarm for High Cholesterol is to alert firefighters to the risks of high cholesterol and its role in heart disease.
As part of this program, firefighters and EMS personnel nationwide are encouraged to take the Heart-Healthy Challenge, an online quiz available at www.cholesterolalarm.com to test how their heart-health knowledge stacks up. Ten markets across the nation were chosen to participate in a Heart-Healthy Challenge contest. The winning fire station in each market receives a $1,500 donation, as well as 75 tickets to a Minor League Baseball game and recognition at the game. The five winners are:
The first baseball game took place on May 31 in Memphis, TN, where the Memphis Redbirds took the field. Members of Memphis Fire Department Station 35 and their families attended the game as part of their prize. Maurice Tolliver, a spokesperson for the station, addressed the stadium before the game to thank his station for winning the contest and to speak about the importance of firefighters’ health. “As a firefighter, I realize it is important to take care of my heart so I can protect yours,” Tolliver told the crowd.
Tolliver was accompanied on the mound by Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer, the spokesperson for the Strike Out High Cholesterol program. Palmer was present to throw out the first pitch, which was followed by Tolliver throwing the second pitch.
The second game took place on June 6 in Reading, PA, home of the Reading Phillies. Brian Filby, a representative of Earl Township Volunteer Fire Company #1, also took the mound with Palmer, who insisted Filby throw the first pitch. Members of the Company and their families cheered Filby on from the stands. “The experience as a whole has opened our eyes, making us aware of the seriousness of heart disease and high cholesterol and how it plays a detrimental role in our job,” said Filby.
The remaining winners of the Heart-Healthy Challenge contest will be named over the course of the summer. To learn more about Sounding the Alarm for High Cholesterol or to take the Heart-Healthy Challenge, visit www.cholesterolalarm.com.
Photo Gallery from the Games
Photos from the Memphis Redbird Game
Photos from the Reading Phillies Game