IRVINE, Calif., April 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Aviir Inc., a biotechnology company dedicated to the prevention of cardiovascular disease through innovative laboratory assessments, along with Guard A Heart, a non-profit foundation committed to heart disease prevention, will join forces with the community service organization Red Eye Inc. for its South Central Gardening Day. The event will take place on Saturday, April 28th at 10:00 a.m. at 2301 Bellevue Avenue, in the South Central neighborhood of Los Angeles.
The volunteer teams at Aviir along with its charitable arm, Guard A Heart, will plant and cultivate multiple varieties of fruit and vegetables, building the first neighborhood garden. Aviir's mission for this outing is to emphasize the beauty of the outdoors and at the same time help disadvantaged neighborhood kids develop a strong sense of ownership, increase self-esteem and become productive members of society.
"Aviir's mission is to save lives from the devastation of heart disease. Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in our nation, and up to 80% of the time, it's preventable. That is why we are on a quest to promote healthy lifestyle choices to decrease an individual's cardiac risk," said Dr. Douglas Harrington, CEO of Aviir. "We feel the foundation of heart health needs to be established early on in a child's life. We are delighted to work with these inspirational young people to create a garden which will enhance their environment and most importantly create an ongoing and affordable source of fresh fruits and vegetables."
Aviir Diagnostic Laboratories develops proprietary, non-lipid, diagnostic tests that accurately predict an individual's risk of having a heart attack within a five-year period. A key component in the prevention of a heart attack and lowering one's risk is a healthy diet containing a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.
To become a part of this effort and help empower the children this low income area build their own garden, please email us [email protected] or call us 949.202.7305. For only $10, children can have $100 worth of vegetables and herbs.
Aviir was founded in 2005 by cardiologists and scientists from the Stanford University School of Medicine to focus on discovery, development and commercialization of innovative diagnostic tests. The biotechnology company specializes in developing proprietary diagnostic tests that will assist in identifying patients that are truly at high risk for the development of a cardiac event. Aviir's proprietary MIRisk and TruRisk assessments objectively identify, by a simple blood draw, individuals who are at a high risk of a cardiac event over the next five years. Aviir's CLIA laboratory (Irvine, CA) complements these novel tests with a wide range of additional tests for risk assessment and therapeutic monitoring of cardiovascular disease and related metabolic disorders – including pharmacogenomic and genetic tests. The company has adopted a unique clinical laboratory service model to provide physicians better diagnostic tools that improve cardiovascular health of their patients. The company is privately owned and funded by leading life science venture capital firms. Please visit www.aviir.com for more information.
About Guard A Heart
Guard A Heart is a non-profit foundation dedicated to raising awareness of heart disease prevention by spreading the word to guard your heart and save your life. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. If individuals know their risk and take the necessary steps, the good news is that most cardiovascular disease is preventable. Although heart disease is typically diagnosed in adulthood, its roots are often found in childhood. Compelling research has shown that plaque buildup in the arterial walls begins very early in life and progresses through increasing degrees of atherosclerosis. Intervention strategies and healthy lifestyle changes to reduce heart disease risk should begin in childhood when reversal of the process is easier, not later in life when the disease is more fully developed. Guard a Heart Foundation provides funding for individuals who are unable to pay for cardiac risk assessments. Please visit www.guardaheart.org for more information.
About Red Eye Inc.
Red Eye Inc. focuses on community, creativity, and serving humanity with young adults in Los Angeles and New York. It is a place where artists, musicians, actors, and many more can find authentic relationships while also using their platforms to serve others.
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