Local Executive Leads Heart Walk in Central NJ

Local Executive Leads Heart Walk in Central NJGabriel Borsotto, MD, Vice President Specialty, US Medical, Bristol Myers Squibb, will serve as chairman of the 2017 Central NJ Heart Walk scheduled for Saturday, October 7 at Arm & Hammer Park, Home of the Trenton Thunder, in Trenton, NJ.

The Central NJ Heart Walk, locally sponsored by Bristol Myers Squibb, Capital Health, NRG Energy, NJM Insurance Group and RWJBarnabas Health, brings hundreds of Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset and Hunterdon County families, organizations and businesses together annually for a fun event filled with cardiovascular wellness.

As chair of the event, Dr. Borsotto will recruit volunteers, businesses and organizations to support the Heart Walk, which drives the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

“This event is so important to raise funds and awareness for our nation’s top killers,” said Dr. Borsotto. “The Heart Walk not only supports research and education, but also gives the community an opportunity to join together for cardiovascular health.”

Heart Walks, which are nationally sponsored by Subway, are the signature community event for the American Heart Association’s Healthy For GoodTM movement which encourages Americans to lead healthier lives by delivering science-based recommendations, tools, tips and motivation to build healthier behaviors.  The walk also raises funds to support the fight against heart disease and stroke – our nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 leading causes of death.  Held in more than 305 communities nationwide, the Heart Walk is designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living through a fun environment that’s rewarding for the entire family.

Four key areas ground the Healthy For Good movement—Eat Smart, Add Color, Move More and Be Well. Unfortunately, about one in three adults participate in NO leisure time physical activity. Getting the recommended 150 minutes of moderate physical activity weekly is linked to lower risk of diseases, stronger bones and muscles, and improved mental health and mood.  According to one study, just 25 minutes of brisk walking a day can add up to seven years of life expectancy.  In fact, for the average person in their 50s and 60s, moderate exercise could reduce the risk of dying from a heart attack by half.

“The Central NJ Heart Walk allows businesses, organizations and families to celebrate a great cause,” stated Dr. Borsotto. “We hope that the Central Jersey community will join in the walk against heart disease and stroke while taking advantage of the free resources available, including heart-health information, CPR demonstrations, health screenings, and more.”

Dr. Borsotto is Vice President Specialty, US Medical for Bristol Myers Squibb. In this role, he leads the US Virology and Immunoscience medical team.  Dr. Borsotto, who is fluent in English and Spanish, received his medical doctor degree from Anahuac University School of Medicine in Mexico City and is a member of the Mexican Board of Internal Medicine and Associate member of the American College of Physicians, among other medical associations.

To learn how you can join Dr. Borsotto at the American Heart Association Central NJ Heart Walk, visit http://centralnjheartwalk.org.

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