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“Cycle for Heart” is topic of UMFK Speaker

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent welcomes Chris Figureida, a dedicated volunteer for the American Heart Association, who and uses his physical prowess to help kids make healthy lifestyle choices.

Figureida will speak on campus on Monday, September 23 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Nadeau Hall Teleconference Room. The event is free and open to the public.

Chris Figureida is not your average 32-year-old welder. In April 2007, he rode a bicycle across America to raise kids’ awareness about heart disease. Cycle for Heart has been so successful that come next spring, he will attempt his eighth cross country ride.

Chris is a dedicated volunteer for the American Heart Association and uses his physical prowess to help kids make healthy lifestyle choices. During his cross-country bicycle treks, he has visited schools, elected officials, and government offices in 42 states from California to Maine; speaking about healthy and active lifestyles and explaining why physical activity is important. The next Cycle for Heart will cross the country in a different direction — from San Diego CA to Jacksonville FL.

The 32-year-old’s adventuresome spirit has led him to distant places – riding elephants in Thailand; hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Pichu, Peru; watching the sunrise from Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania; soloing the 22,841-foot peak of Mt. Aconcagua; and riding his bicycle 1,800 miles from Canada to Mexico in 21 days.

“I am very fortunate that healthy habits are something I grew up with,” Chris says, “I know that’s not the case for many kids.” He decided to put his good health to work educating others about healthy lifestyle choices.

Chris notes, “It seemed like a bike trek would be a good way to draw attention to the importance of physical activity in reversing the trend of childhood obesity.” He went to work putting together the inaugural Cycle for Heart, which was a two-month long, 3,746-mile trip from Ventura, California to Lubec, Maine. He secured sponsors and mapped out visits to schools, state capitals, and city halls along the way.

To find out more about Chris and Cycle for Heart, please visit www.cycleforheart.org www.youtube.com/cycleforheart