Posted on Sep 6, 2013

The USF Bull Nurse Team to make a difference at Tampa Bay Heart Walk

The USF Bull Nurse Team to make a difference at Tampa Bay Heart Walk

University of South Florida College of Nursing will participate in the 2013 Tampa Bay Heart Walk, hosted by the American Heart Association (AHA), at the Raymond James Stadium on Nov. 2, 2013.

The USF Nursing team, under the leadership of Debra Friedrich, DNP, ARNP, FNP-C, CLS, FNLA, assistant professor and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) concentration director, will be participating in the AHA’s annual 3.2-mile walk to help raise money to fight heart disease. The USF Bull Nurse AHA Team has set a $3,000 goal. The money raised will help AHA’s work to fund groundbreaking heart and stroke research.

USF Bull Nurse Team to participate in 2013 Tampa Bay Heart Walk
During College’s Opening Days festivities, USF Nursing’s Dr. Friedrich and Academic Advisor for the Graduate Program, Scott Burgess, encourage faculty and staff to participate in the 2013 Tampa Bay Heart Walk. 

“This is a great fundraiser which gives us an opportunity for us all to join together to promote heart health,” said Dr. Friedrich, who has set a personal goal of $500. “Heart disease and stroke impact all of us, but because of events like the Tampa Bay Heart Walk we can make a difference.”

According to AHA, cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of people in the United States. An estimated 83 million adults suffer from the disease, and 2,200 people die each day – one death every 39 seconds. Heart disease also kills more women than all forms of cancer combined, the organization reports.

The data highlights the need for immediate action. The USF College of Nursing is doing its part to help reduce death and disability from cardiovascular diseases and strokes. The College joined AHA to help promote physical activity to build healthier lives and reduce heart diseases by 20 percent by 2020.

In 2012, the USF Bull Nurse team participated in the AHA’s Tampa Bay Heart Walk and raised more helped raise $2,890, surpassing the USF College of Nursing’s 2012 goal of $2,000.

For information on how to get involved or donate visit the AHA’s Heart Walk Website. To donate directly on Dr. Friedrich’s personal page click here.

For related stories on previous USF College of Nursing’s Heart Walks visit the College’s News Page here.