SHAPE-a-thon is a public health initiative organized by the Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication (SHAPE). It consists of a series of one-day events designed to promote our revolutionary screening guideline for prevention of heart attacks. The event includes a fun walk/run and comprehensive onsite cardiovascular screening based on the SHAPE Guideline.
The first Shape-a-thon was held on March 5, 2005 in Orlando, Fla., in conjunction with the American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session. It featured runs of 10k and 5K and walks of 5K and 1K. Please contact us if you are interested in hosting a SHAPE-athon event.
What distinguishes a SHAPE-a-thon from other fun walk/run events is that participants of the event can be evaluated for their risk of a near-future heart attack. This is possible through the generous involvement of our volunteers and various sponsoring organizations Our on-site screening consists of the following screening tests:
The SHAPE Task Force a body comprised of world-renowned leaders in cardiology, developed the SHAPE Guideline, which encourages all men age 45 and older and all women age 55 and older to undergo a comprehensive assessment of their vascular health. Every middle age American should know their risk of having a heart attack in the next 1-5 years.
In the past 100 years, cardiovascular disease has been the number one killer in America. With over 1.2 million Americans suffering heart attacks each year, virtually every family has been touched by heart disease. We hope those whose families have been touched by the heart attack will support us in the fight against heart disease.