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Baseball Legend Jim Palmer Visits Round Rock To 'Strike Out High Cholesterol'

Thursday, August 23, 2007 General News J E 4
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- Round Rock Is Last Stop On National Cholesterol Education Tour -

WHAT:

Jim Palmer, Hall-of-Famer and former Baltimore Orioles pitcher, will makea special appearance at The Dell Diamond for the Round Rock Express vs.Albuquerque Isotopes game. In town with Strike Out High Cholesterol: AProgram to Help Lower LDL Levels, Palmer will share his personal experiencewith high cholesterol.

Despite leading a healthy lifestyle as an athlete, Palmer struggled withhigh LDL or "bad" cholesterol levels. After speaking with his doctor, helearned that managing the condition was not only about food choices, but alsofamily health history. Adopted at birth and unaware of his background, Palmeris particularly passionate about helping others understand the role of foodand family in maintaining healthy cholesterol levels.

At the game, Palmer will help recognize Taylor Fire Department for beatingall the other houses in Williamson County and winning the Heart-HealthyChallenge - a nationwide competition among firefighters that tested theirgeneral heart-health knowledge. A local firefighter will join Palmer at thepitcher's mound to throw the first pitch.

Strike Out High Cholesterol: A Program to Help Lower LDL Levels aims toraise awareness about the two sources of cholesterol, food and family, and thedangers of high LDL, or "bad," cholesterol.

WHY:

More than 105 million American adults have high cholesterol levels. Ifleft untreated, along with other risk factors, high cholesterol cancontribute to a higher risk of heart attack, stroke and cardiovasculardisease.

Understanding the facts about cholesterol is critical. However, manypeople don't know that there are two sources of cholesterol -- food andfamily. In fact, approximately 75 percent of cholesterol is producednaturally in your body, largely based on your family health history. Theremaining 25 percent comes from the foods you eat.WHEN: Tuesday, August 28 In-studio Interviews Available: 6:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pre-game Press Conference: 5:30 PM * Onsite interviews available following the press conference WHERE: The Dell Diamond 3400 East Palm Valley Blvd. Round Rock, TX 78664 CONTACT: Jaclyn Buccellato 212-601-8438 or jaclyn.buccellato@porternovelli.com * Strike Out High Cholesterol: A Program to Help Lower LDL Levels is sponsored by Merck/Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals. The Heart-Healthy Challenge is sponsored by the National Volunteer Fire Council and Merck/Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals.

SOURCE Minor League Baseball
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