We are honored to be a part of this year’s Heart of Gold celebration and to support the life-saving work of the American Heart Association. The Heart of Gold gala is a culmination of a year-long effort to raise over $950,000 dollars for the American Heart Association. These funds are utilized in our community for educational programs and research focused on childhood obesity and congenital heart defects, as well as the mission – to wipe out cardiovascular disease.
One crucial area of focus for the American Heart Association, and an issue that is very important to both of us, is children’s health and the childhood obesity epidemic. It is imperative that we care for our future generations, especially those children who do not have access to nutritious food and safe parks in which to play.
The number of obese and overweight children has now climbed to 30 percent in 30 states, a troubling trend that could signal decades of weight-related health problems such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease as these children become adults. And, overall, two-thirds of American adults are now obese or overweight. Those are just some of the worrisome findings in an annual report on obesity in America, released by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
We hope you will assist us with our efforts to wipe out cardiovascular diseases and stroke and join us on May 21, 2011 for the Heart of Gold gala.
Garry Cribb David Morgan
EVP, Stores and Loss Prevention CEO and Founder
Ross Stores D.W. Morgan Company