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Students walk and work for heart health

September 23, 2003

Photo of a kinesiology student testing the blood pressure of a heart walk participantAbout a dozen students from the University's Kinesiology Department took part in the American Heart Walk last week in San Francisco, raising nearly $300 for the American Heart Association. Students also helped conduct blood pressure, body fat and aerobics tests on participants.

The Kinesiology Student Association's tent at Justin Herman Plaza attracted scores of walkers who lined up to be tested by the SFSU students before and after the walk on Sept. 19. The 2.8 mile walk flowed along the Embarcadero with a turnaround at Pier 39.

"We had the most popular booth and the line was wrapped around the tent," said Matt Lee, a kinesiology assistant professor who specializes in exercise physiology and serves as faculty advisor to the student group. "This was a great place to offer our services to the community. At the same time it gave our students a chance to work with people involved in the walk."

This was the first time the student group took part in the American Heart Walk -- both as walkers and exhibitors -- but with the strong showing Lee hopes to be invited back next year.

-- Christina Holmes













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