For the first time on record, the life expectancy of children is projected to be shorter than that of their parents. This is not a comfortable subject, but one that Dr. Raymond Little feels strongly about. Little, of Houston Heart & Vascular Associates in Kingwood, is the chairman of this year’s Heart Walk. He addressed a group of business leaders recently about ways they can help change this disturbing projection. “Nearly two-thirds of adults suffer from being overweight,” said Little. “And it’s expected to get worse.” Each year the American Heart Association (AHA) holds Heart Walks across the country to raise funds, as well as awareness. The Greater Lake Houston Heart Walk is set for Nov. 10, at Lone Star College-Kingwood, presented by Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital. Business leaders and individuals can make a difference by participating in the walk, forming a team of co-workers or friends and family members, by serving as sponsors and by offering an AHA-branded awareness program about heart disease and stroke for their employees. While taking steps to fight heart disease and stroke, participating businesses can benefit from networking opportunities and gain visibility with on-site branding and promotional distribution. Sponsorship levels range from $250 to $25,000, to fit the budgets of businesses large and small. This year’s campaign is called “My Heart. My Life.” Little spoke to his early-morning audience about the problems facing today’s adults and children, and what can be done to make a change. He said that Type 2 diabetes, also known as adult-onset diabetes, is showing up in teens and even younger children. “We really are at the crux of a national epidemic,” said Little. “We have a decision to make … we can be a part of the problem, or we can be a part of the solution.” He encouraged business leaders to start heart-healthy practices for their employees, such as holding workplace screenings, promoting exercise and good eating habits, and offering wellness programs. Last year the area Heart Walk raised more than $70,000. This year the goal is $85,00. “I would love to see $100,000,” said Little. “I think we can do that with energetic support from our community.” To learn more about the Heart Walk and sponsorships, contact Morgan Dean at 713-610-5061 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Individuals can register online, join a team, start a team and begin fundraising by visiting www.greaterlake Pictured: Participants from a previous Heart Walk show strength in numbers in wanting to promote heart health. This year, the Lone Star College-Kingwood’s Heart Fest and Greater Lake Houston Heart Walk is set for Nov. 10.

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