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AstraZeneca Leads Local Walking Movement
Date:9/7/2007

- Wilmington Employees Start! Lacing Up Their Walking Shoes -

WILMINGTON, Del., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AstraZeneca continues its fight against sedentary lifestyles by participating in the American Heart Association (AHA)'s Start! movement in Wilmington to promote walking and other healthy habits in the workplace. AstraZeneca employees in their hometown of Wilmington have formed a Start! "walkforce" team to participate in today's Wilmington Start! Heart Walk at Chase Center Riverfront. Start! encourages Americans and their employers to live longer, stronger and healthier lives by engaging in regular physical activity. AstraZeneca is one of three national sponsors of Start! and has been recognized as a leader for supporting innovative corporate wellness initiatives.

"Because heart disease is the nation's number-one killer and a leading cause of death in Delaware, we continue to build on AstraZeneca's strong legacy in cardiovascular treatments by leading this movement to help the Wilmington community get moving," said David Nicoli, AstraZeneca Vice President Corporate Affairs and the company's Wilmington Start! leader. "As a healthcare company dedicated to improving the lives of people globally, the job starts locally with our own employees. We challenge other corporations in our community to join us as part of the Start! movement and make a commitment to wellness."

AstraZeneca is also the national sponsor of the Create Hope Community, part of the Heart Healthy festivities following the Wilmington Start! Heart Walk. The exhibit provides walkers with an interactive and personalized health experience, offers free blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, educational health information, and tools to promote healthier lifestyles.

AstraZeneca encourages employees to incorporate exercise into their workday with lunch time walking programs and access to onsite fitness facilities. At its U.S. headquarters in Wilmington, the compa
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