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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 25, 2005

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Former Falcon Gary Burley & Councilmember H. Lamar Willis Support Unprecedented Collaboration To Reduce Cardiovascular Disease Disparities in Atlanta

Foundation Launches Healthy Heart Campaign to Tackle Disparities

ATLANTA, GA (February 25, 2005) – Today Councilmember H. Lamar Willis and former Atlanta Falcon Gary Burley joined National Minority Health Month Foundation (NMHMF), the American Heart Association and the Atlanta Medical Association to launch the Healthy Heart campaign, a data-driven initiative, at a press conference at Atlanta City Hall. Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is the sponsor of the groundbreaking effort.

“American Heart Month is the best time to kick off this evidence-based initiative to tackle cardiovascular disease disparities in Atlanta,” said Dr. Gary Puckrein, Executive Director, NMHMF. “The Healthy Heart campaign is an innovative and systematic approach to identifying individuals who are at highest risk and strategically implementing interventions, while supporting existing efforts to eliminate health disparities. Our goal is to turn red zip codes associated with a disproportionate prevalence of premature morbidity due to cardiovascular disease into green, healthy zip codes.”  Read more