By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer
Promoting the health benefits of cardiovascular exercise is the focus an event called Heart Walk that will be held on Saturday.
Be True to Your Heart: Motivating Others To Take Responsibility for Their Health, is the motto and platform that has inspired Miss Central New Mexico Ashley Sego to organize the event.
“I wanted to do something for the Portales community since I’m an Eastern New Mexico University student,” Sego said.
The Heart Walk is being organized not only to promote the benefits of exercise, but also to raise money for the Portales Community Walking Trail to be located next to Roosevelt General Hospital, Sego said.
The event will take place at the ENMU track across from Greyhound Arena. Games, activities and health information will also be available for participants, Sego said.
“I thought it was a perfect opportunity and it’s something I want to be really successful,” Sego said.
For Sego, a health and physical education major, this cause is a personal one. When Sego was 12 her father underwent open heart surgery and a triple bypass. She watched her father struggle with his health, and by encouraging families to get out and exercise, she hopes that other children will not have to endure what she went through, Sego said.
“It touches close to home to me,” Sego said. “It’s something that has affected me directly.”
Since the inception of her idea, Sego has been working closely with Bill Rice, who is a registered nurse and Cardiac Rehab Manager at RGH.
Rice has been working with hospital administration in an effort to build the walking trail.
“What we would like to see this Saturday is for people to come and walk on the track for their own health,” Rice said.
Though in the preliminary stages of planning, Rice has high hopes for the walking trail. Plans are to not only have the trail, but also rest stations, xeriscaping, lights and a memorial garden.