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Norfolk, VA – January 10, 2004 –Named the region’s first Sentara Heart Partner, the YMCA of South Hampton Roads joins Sentara Healthcare in its fight against heart disease—the nation’s and Virginia’s leading killer. Beginning in January, 13 YMCA of South Hampton Roads locations, in collaboration with Sentara, are launching a 12-week program emphasizing lifestyle changes that promote the prevention of heart disease.

"Sentara’s partnership with the YMCA is the perfect marriage of medical knowledge with the area’s fitness leader. We couldn’t be more pleased to continue working with the YMCA to help prevent heart disease in the community," said Terrina Thomas, Manager of Sentara’s Community Health and Prevention Division.

Building on their longstanding relationship and successful implementation of other wellness programs across the region, Sentara and the YMCA of South Hampton Roads—through this partnership of distinction—pledge to further heart health in southeastern Virginia to northeastern North Carolina together.

"The enthusiasm among our fitness staff is contagious. Staff and members are excited about this collaboration. The education provided by Sentara, in conjunction with the YMCA’s instruction and one-on-one support system, will assist people in making healthy lifestyle changes," said Barbara Moore, YMCA’s Health & Wellness Representative.

Free to members of YMCA, the 12-Week Challenge couples fitness with monthly health seminars including information about the importance of exercise, nutrition, smoking cessation, and cardiovascular health. During the program, a personal fitness coach also works directly with members to discuss weights and cardiovascular equipment, their current health status, and eating habits.

About Sentara Heart Partners
Committed to improving heart health in this region for nearly four decades, Sentara has built a comprehensive heart program based on exceptional overall clinical quality and the skill of its physicians and staff. Today, Sentara is seeking new and aggressive ways of battling heart disease—the nation’s top killer of women and men. According to the latest figures by Virginia Department of Health, more than 36% of the deaths in Hampton Roads were caused by heart disease. Sentara is engaging area businesses and stakeholders who practice, represent, and value good heart health to further heart wellness throughout southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. Named Sentara Heart Partners—these organizations will continue their commitment to lead the fight against heart disease in the region through education, employee wellness programs, or their service to the community

About YMCA of South Hampton Roads
With a history dating back over 150 years, the YMCA of South Hampton Roads offers something for everyone through more than 200 programs throughout Coastal Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina. It is the YMCA's mission to build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all children, adults and families.

12-Week Challenge Locations
Chesapeake
Great Bridge/Hickory Family YMCA
633 South Battlefield Blvd.

Greenbrier Family YMCA
1033 Greenbrier Parkway

Greenbrier North YMCA
Wellness & Racquetball Center
2100 Old Greenbrier Road

Norfolk
Dominion Tower YMCA
999 Waterside Drive, 4th floor

Norfolk Family YMCA
312 West Bute Street

Portsmouth
Effingham Family YMCA
1013 Effingham Street

Suffolk
Suffolk Family YMCA
2769 Godwin Boulevard

Virginia Beach
Hilltop Family YMCA
1536 Laskin Road

Indian River Family YMCA
5660 Indian River Road

Mt. Trashmore Family YMCA
4441 South Boulevard

Eastern Shore
Eastern Shore Family YMCA
26164 Lankford Highway

North Carolina
Albemarle Family YMCA
1240 N. Road Street
Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Outer Banks Family YMCA
3000 South Croatan Highway
Nags Head, North Carolina



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