Local Executive Leads Heart Walk in Central New Jersey

David R. Hill, chairman of the Central New Jersey Heart Walk for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association and executive vice president and general counsel, NRG Energy, Inc.

David R. Hill, chairman of the Central New Jersey Heart Walk for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association and executive vice president and general counsel, NRG Energy, Inc.

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recently announced David R. Hill, executive vice president and general counsel of NRG Energy, Inc. in Princeton, NJ, will serve as chair of the 2016 Central New Jersey Heart Walk scheduled for Friday, September 30 at Arm & Hammer Park, Home of the Trenton Thunder, in Trenton, NJ.

The Central New Jersey Heart Walk, locally sponsored by NRG Energy, Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb and NJM Insurance Group, brings hundreds of Mercer and Middlesex County families, organizations and businesses together annually for a fun event filled with cardiovascular wellness.  This year, the event will take place in the evening, the first-ever night time Heart Walk in New Jersey.

As chairman of the event, Hill will manage a volunteer executive leadership team whose mission is to recruit businesses, community groups and individual walkers while helping raise $345,000 to support the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

“As chairperson of the walk, I understand that heart disease and stroke are major issues for our community and that research shows the majority of these issues may be prevented through healthy lifestyle changes,” said Hill. “At NRG, we believe it’s vital that we empower our communities to take charge of their health through education, resources and most importantly, leading by example.”

Heart Walks, which are nationally sponsored by Subway, are the signature community event for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association focused on raising 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 250 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.

“The Central NJ Heart Walk is a great opportunity to do something for yourself while helping to support a great cause,” continues Hill. “We hope that the entire community comes together to 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.”

With over 159 million U.S. adults – or about 69 percent – considered overweight or obese and 32 percent of children considered overweight or obese, it’s vital to get Americans moving more.  The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association has made a commitment to helping Americans nationwide get healthier through a variety of healthy-living initiatives, including free guidelines on healthy eating, physical activity, controlling blood pressure and blood cholesterol, stress management and more.  Heart Walk is an example of bringing the community together to get physically active and learn more about heart-healthy living options.

As chair of the event, Hill is working to create a culture of health and improve the health of communities in Mercer and Middlesex counties. Hill serves as executive vice president and general counsel for NRG Energy, Inc. in Princeton, NJ.  In this role, he is responsible for all of the company’s legal, regulatory, environmental and government affairs activities and personnel. In addition to his support of the American Heart Association, Hill and his family enjoy hiking in the national parks and are avid baseball fans.

To learn how you can join David Hill at the American Heart Association Central New Jersey Heart Walk, visit www.CentralNJHeartWalk.org, call 609.208.0020 or email patti.harvey@heart.org.

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