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Boston Hospital Promotes Heart Health With Urban Climbing Event

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To raise awareness and funding to combat heart disease, about 400 people climbed the stairs at the Prudential Center in Boston on Sunday, June 30, 2013.

To raise awareness and funding to combat heart disease, about 400 people climbed the stairs at the Prudential Center in Boston on Sunday, June 30, 2013.

BOSTON (CBS) — Hundreds of people participated this weekend in a Brigham and Women’s Hospital effort to combat heart disease literally one step at at time.

Through its ClimbCorps program, hundreds of people ascended stairs at 100 Summer St. on Saturday and the Prudential Tower on Sunday to raise funds and awareness for heart disease prevention.

The hospital’s first ClimbCorps event was held in January, when more than 1,200 climbers participated and helped raise $85,000 for heart disease prevention. All money raised through these events supports education, programming and research for heart disease prevention, according to a prepared statement from the hospital.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of adult men and women in the United States.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 600,000 Americans die every year from heart disease and 715,000 people suffer heart attacks annually.

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