Sundays are usually quiet in Boston’s Financial District. But on January 26, 2014, the Exchange Place skyscraper at 53 State Street was buzzing with activity as 950 people came together to scale 38 flights of stairs in the name of raising funds—and awareness—in the fight against heart disease.
The second annual ClimbAmerica! event was organized by ClimbCorps, which was launched in 2012 by Brigham and Women’s Hospital as the nation’s first service corps aimed at preventing heart disease, America’s number one killer. ClimbCorps members gave out water, snacks, and high-fives as participants accomplished their mission to climb the city’s 12th tallest building. To date, the enthusiastic ClimbAmerica! stair climbers have raised $69,817 for community education, fitness programming, and life-saving heart disease research.
Throughout the year, ClimbCorps members, who are trained by Brigham and Women’s Hospital in health, wellness, and cardiovascular fitness, offer regular climbing sessions at 15 Boston skyscrapers in an effort to get people moving and reduce their risk for heart disease.
In an interview with Fox 25 News, Dr. Joanne Foody of Brigham and Women’s Hospital encouraged people to be active every day to improve their heart health. “Stair climbing is a great way to do that—an easy indoor activity for New Englanders,” she said. “Heart disease is about 80 percent preventable if people reduce risk factors.”
To learn more about this ClimbAmerica! event, including photos and a list of event sponsors, visit the ClimbCorps website.