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Bloomingdale mall walk promotes heart health

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  • Marge Merchut, right, of Carol Stream, performs a pulmonary function test given by respiratory therapist Sana Khan during Adventist GlenOaks Hospital's Walk the Mall for Life program held Saturday inside Stratford Square Mall in Bloomingdale.

       Marge Merchut, right, of Carol Stream, performs a pulmonary function test given by respiratory therapist Sana Khan during Adventist GlenOaks Hospital's Walk the Mall for Life program held Saturday inside Stratford Square Mall in Bloomingdale.
    DANIEL WHITE | Staff Photographer

  • Marge Merchut of Carol Stream performs a pulmonary function test to measure her lung capacity during Adventist GlenOaks Hospital's Walk the Mall for Life program held Saturday inside Stratford Square Mall in Bloomingdale.

       Marge Merchut of Carol Stream performs a pulmonary function test to measure her lung capacity during Adventist GlenOaks Hospital's Walk the Mall for Life program held Saturday inside Stratford Square Mall in Bloomingdale.
    DANIEL WHITE | Staff Photographer

  • Catalina Maranion, center, and her sister Antonia Calimlim, both of Glendale Heights, walk with goody bags full of health information they gathered during Adventist GlenOaks Hospital's Walk the Mall for Life event Saturday inside Stratford Square Mall in Bloomingdale.

       Catalina Maranion, center, and her sister Antonia Calimlim, both of Glendale Heights, walk with goody bags full of health information they gathered during Adventist GlenOaks Hospital's Walk the Mall for Life event Saturday inside Stratford Square Mall in Bloomingdale.
    DANIEL WHITE | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report

Adventist GlenOaks Hospital's "Walk the Mall for Life" event held Saturday at Stratford Square Mall in Bloomingdale gave mall-walkers the chance to test their lung function, gather heart health information and get free screenings for high blood pressure and diabetes.

The hospital's Heart & Vascular Institute hosted the event during February -- American Heart Month -- to remind people that making healthy choices can greatly reduce the risk of a heart attack, according to its website.

The event, which lasted from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, also included wellness booths, games and prizes. Walkers who registered beforehand received goody bags, a T-shirt and a chance to win a $500 gift certificate to the mall.

The Bloomingdale Park District, Adventist Lab Partners and Chicago's Rewind 100.3 FM radio station also sponsored the walk.

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