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Giant Heart Exhibit, Other Activities Highlight AHN’s Jump Rope Day at PNC Park

Friday, May 5, 2017

PITTSBURGH, Pa.– A massive, inflatable walk-thru heart and a performance by the HT High Flyers jump rope team highlight several events happening Sunday on Federal Street outside PNC Park for Allegheny Health Network’s Jump Rope Day. AHN is sponsoring the event in partnership with the Pittsburgh Pirates and American Heart Association to promote the importance of physical activity in good cardiovascular health. Additionally, all kids ages 14 and under attending the Pirates’ 1:35 p.m. home game against the Milwaukee Brewers will receive AHN-branded jump ropes.

The inflatable heart – standing 14 feet tall and measuring 25 feet wide by 25 feet long – will allow visitors to step inside what is believed to be the world’s only portable walk-thru exhibit of the human heart and see how blood flows through the heart. The latest in AHN’s series of events connected to its Living Proof campaign, the outsized heart also includes information about heart disease defects and common treatments. Close to the heart, members of AHN’s Cardiovascular Institute will hand out heart health information and answer questions.

At noon, kids from the Ligonier-based HT High Flyers will put on a dazzling display on the Pirates Stage on Federal Street. The High Flyers have competed around the country, taking jump roping to an entirely different level. 

Inside the ballpark, AHN cardiologist George Gabriel, DO, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch to one of his patients who is back to running after suffering a heart attack while running the Pittsburgh Marathon last year.

“This promises to be a fun-filled day,” said Dr. Gabriel, Director of Clinical Cardiology and President of the Medical Staff at Allegheny General Hospital. “Using jump roping as a way to highlight physical fitness will, hopefully, help to shine a light, in a fun way, on the importance of good cardiovascular health at all ages of life.”

AHN and Highmark will keep the jump rope theme going on May 15, when the organizations will conduct an internal “Jump-a-Thon.” Employees at all AHN hospitals as well as at various Highmark offices will take turns jumping rope during designated hours of the day, before making virtual handoffs from one location to the next.