Anchorage man making Alaska Heart Run after heart surgery
Organizers of the annual Alaska Heart Run say Saturday's event will take place, despite Friday's snow. One local survivor of a heart event will once again race to help find a cure to Alaska's second leading cause of death.
Trevor Worrell loves being busy.
"Running, skiing, playing hockey, you name it. Anything outdoors, we're on it," Worrell said.
He spends a lot of time on the trails at Abbott Loop Community Park.
"It's nearby, I love this area because there's lots of little trails; you can stay stay on the big main trails, or you can get off and explore lots of little, small trails," said Worrell while on a walk with his pet dog, Zoe.
Worrell looks good for 40 years old, but he suffers from heart disease. Four years ago, he had surgery to replace an aortic valve.
"I've always thought of myself as kind of invincible in whatever realm, or, whatever you hear about cancer, heart disease, and stroke, you just don't think it can happen to you," Worrell said.
It took him about a year to get back to what he did before the surgery.
"If I'm fat-biking, or something like that, sometimes it can be two hours or something is more normal," Worrell said.
Doctors, including Alaska Heart and Vascular Institute cardiologist Jacob Kelly, suggest a healthy diet of cardiovascular activity.
"Every minute that you add up is helping you increase those steps," Kelly said. "You're moving your body, you're telling your cells and your muscles to get going and 'This is what I need you to do.'"
Kelly recommends at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. Although winter weather can keep many people indoors and simply lying around the house, Kelly said that's no excuse.
"You can just shift inward, shift inside," Kelly said. "You don't have to have a gym membership, you can go to our local malls, you can just get out and stay active, you can take the stairs in your home up and down, you can still try to get up and move that sedentary time to active time, even if it's just 20 steps at a time."
Worrell averages way more than that, as he gets outdoors no matter the weather.
"Take advantage of each day, because you just don't have control of what's going to happen each and every day," he said, as he lives each day to the fullest, one step at a time.
The Heart Run gets under way at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, in the parking lot of the Alaska Airlines Center.
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