LAS VEGAS, Feb. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Three time Guinness World Record Hugging Champion, Teddy McHuggin, AKA Jeff Ondash from Youngstown, Ohio, set out to bring awareness to the 10th Anniversary of the Go Red For Women campaign for the American Heart Association by breaking a Guinness 24 Hour World Hugging Record. The old record was 8709 hugs. Teddy McHuggin, with the help of some volunteers, broke the record a few days ago by hugging 9236 individual people in 24 hours on the strip in Las Vegas in front of Ballys Hotel. He is the first person ever to break three Guinness Hugging Records!
The Heart Association has a soft spot in Teddy's heart as he lost his brother at the age of 39 and his father at 59 to heart disease. "It is my way of honoring them. I love and miss them so much. It's also a way to bring awareness to the Go Red campaign. People need to understand that heart disease is the number one killer of women! With a visit to the doctor and a few tests, heart disease can be prevented. A little exercise, the right foods, all lead to a healthier heart and life. Hopefully this new hugging record can get some attention, get the word out and save some lives. Incidentally, hugging is also great for the heart. It lowers blood pressure, elevates moods and takes away depression. Hugging also releases oxytocin which prompts loving and caring feelings. My favorite part of breaking the hugging records is that when I hug someone, they always feel happier and walk away with a big smile."
This is the third Guinness Hugging record that Teddy McHuggin has broken and he doesn't plan on stopping. His goal is to hug 250,000 people this year. "I would like to visit every ballpark, every concert, every state and every sporting event I can make it to and hug everyone I can to continue to spread the word about heart disease and raise money for the American Heart Association. I'll go anywhere. Just contact me at email@example.com. While I'm out hugging, if I can break the records again, that'll be great too!"
The website is teddymchuggin.com.
SOURCE Jeff Ondash