Buehler’s raises record funds for heart, brain health

Buehler’s raises record funds for heart, brain health

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For the fourth year in a row, Buehler’s Fresh Foods joined the fight against heart disease and stroke by supporting the American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all.

From Sept. 18 to Oct. 15, Buehler’s participated in the AHA’s fundraising campaign, Life Is Why, which encourages consumers to celebrate their reasons to live healthier, longer lives by giving. At the register the company asked customers to donate $1, $5 or $10, raising a record $56,498.

“The generosity of our customers and the hard work of our employees is what made this campaign year a success,” said Mike Davidson, CEO of Buehler’s and co-chair of the 2022 Wayne Heart Walk. “We would like to thank our customers for contributing to this life-saving cause. By working together, we can make a difference in the lives of the people we know who are impacted by heart disease and stroke.”

Buehler’s donation supports the 2022 Wayne Heart Walk Campaign, which has raised over $203,000 thanks to Davidson, co-chair Jen Kessel of Aultman Orrville Hospital and the 2022 Wayne Heart Walk Executive Leadership Team. The dollars raised allow the American Heart Association to continue to fund research that can improve the health outcomes of heart and stroke patients, train more than 2.5 million high school students in CPR annually, and support the work of local entrepreneurs and organizations working to improve health outcomes in under-resourced communities.

More than 1,700 Wayne County residents died of heart disease from 2014-19. Currently, more than 30% of Wayne County residents have been diagnosed with high cholesterol, another 19% have high blood pressure, 36% are obese and 22% use tobacco — all health risk factors for heart disease.

“This year, locally, the American Heart Association will provide nutrition education to elementary Wooster City School students, continue to provide blood-pressure monitors and best practices for community loaner programs, and equip the Wayne YMCA and local schools with CPR training materials and curriculum for student training to meet state requirements,” said Jenn Fortney, senior development director of the Northeast Ohio chapter of the American Heart Association. “All of this is possible because of donations like those through the Life Is Why campaign.”

In addition to contributing to save lives through Buehler’s, donations also can be made directly to the American Heart Association at www.heart.org/wayneheartwalk. To learn more about the Life Is Why campaign and other participating companies, visit www.heart.org/lifeiswhy.