Kansas City Chiefs star to appear at American Heart Association’s Heart Walk

May 27 2015

Kansas City, KS., May 27, 2015 – Kansas City Chiefs’ defensive hero and two-time Pro Bowl player Dontari Poe will appear in partnership with Aetna (NYSE: AET) at this year’s American Heart Association (AHA) Heart Walk in Kansas City on May 30. Poe will be available for autographs and photos with fans at Aetna’s Healthy Heart tent from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Fans are encouraged to post their photos to Twitter using hashtags #aetnacares and #KCheartwalk.

The AHA Heart Walk will be held at Theis Park on the corner of Oak Street and Cleaver Blvd. across from the Nelson Atkins Museum. Activities start at 7:30 a.m. and the event is free for walkers. Runners in the 5K must pay a $35 entry fee.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year, making it the leading cause of death for both men and women. About 735,000 Americans have a heart attack annually, with coronary heart disease being the most common type of heart disease, killing over 370,000 people.

“Aetna wants to help create a healthier community, healthier nation and healthier world,” said Brad Clothier, president for Aetna’s Kansas and Missouri operations. “We support the AHA in its goals of improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent, while reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20 percent, all by 2020.”

Several of Aetna’s employee and community programs have focused on heart health and have supported other American Heart Association activities.

Aetna employees have volunteered hundreds of hours at AHA events across the country and provided more than $100,000 in donations to the AHA over the past five years.