On the morning of September 13 at the Custom House Plaza located in Monterey, CA, more than 600 Northern Central Coast residents and visitors gathered for the American Heart Association’s 8th annual Heart & Stroke Walk to raise life-saving funds and awareness for heart disease and stroke. Dan Cianca, meteorologist for KION-TV news emceed the event which included 61 teams, including Team Sakata, and raised over $60,000! Funds raised from the Heart & Stroke walk event will benefit research, advocacy, outreach and education.

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 4 causes of death for all Americans. Each day, nearly 2,400 Americans die from a cardiovascular disease. A leading risk factor for heart attack and stroke is lack of physical activity. Research has found that individuals may gain two hours of life expectancy for every one hour of regular, vigorous exercise they do.

The participation of Sakata Seed America in the Heart & Stroke Walk reflects its overall corporate giving mission and commitment to supporting organizations in local communities throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America, dedicated to helping people live productive, healthy and enriched lives.

“Corporate giving is one important way that Sakata works to enrich the communities where we conduct business, says Dave Armstrong, president-CEO of Sakata Seed America. “Through financial contributions, in-kind donations, employee engagement and organizational leadership, our goals are to assist those who are working to better their communities and to educate individuals on the benefits of a healthy life-style, to which our products contribute.”

To learn more about the Heart & Stroke Walk visit www.centralcoastheartwalk.kintera.org

For more information:
Alecia Troy
Sakata Seed America
Tel: +1 408-778-7758
Email: atroy@sakata.com

Miesha Hardy
American Heart Association
Tel: +1 408-606-5958
Email: miesha.hardy@heart.org