Legislature honors Heart Association

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The Montgomery County Legislative on Tuesday recognized the American Heart Association. There to accept the proclamation was Colton Berlin, center, who was born with half a heart. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O’Hara )

FONDA — Montgomery County Legislature during its meeting on Tuesday honored and recognized the American Heart Association along with the ongoing fight against heart diseases.

District 5 Legislator Daniel Wilson read the proclamation.

“Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US. Approximately every 40 seconds an American will have a heart attack and 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases may be prevented,” Wilson said.

He said some risk factors of heart diseases are smoking, blood pressure and cholesterol.

Commitment to physical activity and healthy eating can improve their heart and health, Wilson read from the proclamation.

On Feb. 1, Montgomery County employees participated in the American Heart Associations’s Go Red for Women, which is a movement that motivates women to learn their family history.

“Montgomery County encourages all individuals to take charge of their heart health by knowing their total cholesterol, HDL, good cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index,” Wilson said.

There to receive the proclamation was Colton Berlin who was born with half of a heart.

Melissa Berlin said Colton Berlin has had three heart surgeries due to his heart disease.

“The heart association had done so much for us, passing laws to help detect heart defects in children,” Melissa Berlin said. “It’s wonderful you guys are doing this because not a lot of people know one in 100 kids have heart defects and if it weren’t for the heart association and awareness, people [Colton] wouldn’t be here today.”

Melissa Berlin said from now until 2022 the association is donating over $20 million to congenital heart disease which is the number one birth defect in children.

She added that on June 2 in Albany there will be a Heart Walk to raise money and awareness.

“It’s a wonderful event,” she said.

By Josh Bovee

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