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Andover resident leads a team in the Boston Heart Walk

Harvey Harrison (with his wife, Janis Baron) will be in the Boston Heart Walk.

Harvey Harrison (with his wife, Janis Baron) will be in the Boston Heart Walk.

A HEARTFELT WALK: Harvey Harrison of Andover credits walking his dog, Cocoa, with saving his life.

The 72-year-old engineer, inventor, and tennis player, has had 24 heart procedures since his 40s, including a triple bypass.

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When his wife, Janis Baron, adopted Cocoa, a pug Chihuahua mix, he discovered walking the dog regularly was key to eliminating his angina, which would return several months after each of his heart procedures.

Dr. Roger Laham, an interventional cardiologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center who has treated Harrison through the years, said walking has allowed him to stay active — and even play tennis weekly.

“Walking, with the highest stick-with-it rate of any form of exercise, is an easy, fun, and affordable activity that improves cardiovascular health, reduces the risk of heart disease, lowers cholesterol and blood pressure, and increases energy,” said Dr. Joseph P. Kannam, chief of cardiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. “In addition, walking can strengthen bones, bolster the immune system, fight depression, and clear your mind.”

Kannam is also medical director of the Beth Israel Deaconess Walking Club, of which Harrison is a member.

And now, Harrison is one of the captains of a team from the Walking Club that is participating in the Sept. 7 Boston Heart Walk, sponsored by the American Heart Association.

The walk takes place from the Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade. Donation turn-in is at 9 a.m.; opening ceremonies, 10 a.m.; 6-mile walk, 10:30 a.m.; and 1- and 2-mile walks, 11 a.m.

Visit heartwalk.kintera.org or heart.org.

FOR THE BIRDS: Piping Plovers, which were nearly hunted to extinction in the 19th century for their eggs and feathers, are now a federally protected species.

Crane Beach, part of The Trustees of Reservations’ 2,100- acre Crane Estate in Ipswich, is among the world’s most important nesting sites for the piping plover.

The trustees’ Shorebird Monitoring Program is an on-going effort to manage the beach for both recreation and conservation.

To help in that effort, the trustees — in partnership with New England Barefoot Runners — is holding the first annual Piping Plover 5K Run at Crane Beach on Saturday.

Runners of all ages are welcome, barefoot or with sneakers, to race along the shoreline at low tide.

There are prizes for top male and female barefoot runners and top male and female traditional runners.

The beach gate opens at 6:30 a.m., registration begins at 7 a.m., and the race starts at 8 a.m.

Preregistration fee is $25; same day registration is $30. All proceeds benefit the Shorebird Monitoring Program.

To register, visit thetrustees.org/things-to-do/special-events/piping-plover-5K.html. For more information about Crane Beach and The Trustees of Reservations, visit thetrustees.org/beach.

AFTER BREAST CANCER: The YWCA Greater Newburyport is accepting applications for its Encore Program, designed for those who have experienced breast cancer at any time in their lives.

The free program incorporates gentle land and warm water exercises, coupled with relaxation techniques that target all areas of the body, including those affected by breast cancer surgery and treatment.

There are peer group support sessions. And, guest speakers address issues relevant to health and healing.

The program runs Wednesdays, Sept. 11 through Nov. 27. Land exercises are at 5:15 p.m., followed by warm water pool exercises at 5:50 p.m.

Preregistration is required. Visit ywcanewburyport.org. Applicants must have a medical clearance form, found in the application, completed by their doctor.

Call 978-465-9922, ext. 27, or visit ywcanewburyport.org.

WHO’S WHAT WHERE: Helen Lanagan has been named executive director at Brooksby Village in Peabody. She will oversee the overall operations of the retirement community. Lanagan has been a member of the Brooksby team for eight years. She replaces Jim Wingardner, who had been at Brooksby for six years and was recently named executive director of Linden Ponds in Hingham, another Erickson Living community . . . Teresa Walsh has been hired in the new role of development officer at the Cheverus School of Sacred Hearts Parish in Malden. She is a lifelong member of the parish and a graduate of Cheverus. She has been a member of the school’s board of directors for three years, and most recently served as chairman. She has a master’s of business degree from Suffolk University and 23 years experience in the financial field. Walsh is responsible for recruiting new students, marketing Cheverus, and assisting in creating a strong alumni support system.

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