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Lightning team with Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute to promote Heart Health Awareness Night

by Peter Pupello / Tampa Bay Lightning

Despite the final result of Tuesday’s contest between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Buffalo Sabres on the ice, the Bolts nonetheless earned a victory off of it.

As part of the night’s festivities, the Lightning partnered with Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute to celebrate Heart Health Awareness Night, whose goal was to promote healthy lifestyles, raise awareness about one of life’s most lethal diseases, and also educate the public about how to incorporate healthy choices into their own daily lives.

February, of course, is American Heart Month, so naturally, the team cordially hosted Dr. Charles Lambert, Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute Medical Director, to share his knowledge with all guests in attendance.

“Cardiovascular disease is the number-one killer in all industrialized countries,” Lambert said. “It leads the next five causes of death together, so if you care about life and death, you should care about cardiovascular disease and its prevention.”

On that front, the Lightning certainly did its part to show support for the cause.

Not only did Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute serve as the presenting sponsor of the night, but the Lightning coaches, broadcasters and employees were also encouraged to wear red, the official color of Heart Health Awareness. Each individual was also given a lapel pin to wear in the shape of a red heart. The night’s fan giveaway, a fan-fan, displayed the words “Your Heart Belongs Here.”

Lambert said that he was impressed not only with the Lightning’s efforts to promote heart health awareness on Tuesday, but with all of the charitable efforts throughout the Tampa Bay community that the organization lends its hand in.

Of course, though, this one in particular held a certain degree of significance for Lambert, as it did for the hundreds of thousands of individuals who are affected by cardiovascular disease each year.

“It’s awesome for various organizations throughout Tampa Bay to go all in to contribute to an effort such as this one,” Lambert added. “Anything we can do as a team to give back is superb.”

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