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American Heart Association Recognizes Union Bank as the 2013 Top National Heart Walk Team(SAN DIEGO) (April 9, 2014) – The American Heart Association’s (AHA) longtime supporter,Union Bank, N.A, has been named the 2013 Top National Heart Walk Team, making it the third time the bank has earned this distinction. Union Bank was also the Top National Heart Walk Team in 2012 and 2010. Bank employees, family, friends and customers collectively raised more than $580,000 during the 2013 Heart Walk campaign.
Union Bank has supported the AHA’s mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, for nearly 30 years and is currently a regional sponsor of the AHA’s My Heart. My Life. healthy living initiative.
“Union Bank has a remarkable and far-reaching impact on our lifesaving work,” said American Heart Association Western States Affiliate Executive Vice President Kathy Rogers. “The funds that they raise support our cardiovascular research efforts, community education outreach and patient care improvement initiatives that save and improve lives every day. They are also empowering people to live heart-healthy through their education outreach to employees, customers and the communities they serve."
Over the last six years alone, Union Bank and its employees have donated more than $4 million in support of the AHA’s critical research, education and prevention programs.
Its support has expanded to grassroots community outreach, with Union Bank hosting health and wellness expos in locations throughout Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego. Last year, the health and wellness expos provided more than 1,400 complimentary blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and BMI (body mass index) screenings to nearly 700 individuals in underserved communities.
Union Bank also has a strong employee volunteer involvement with the AHA. Many of its executives serve on leadership committees and thousands of employees take part in many AHA events. In 2013, more than 10,000 employees participated in more than 200 Heart Walks throughout the bank’s service areas.
“Union Bank is proud to support the AHA, and we are honored to have earned the title of the No. 1 Heart Walk Fundraising Team in the nation for three of the past four years,” said Union Bank Senior Executive Vice President and Head of Community Banking Pierre Habis. “We’re also very pleased with and sincerely thank our employees, customers and others who have helped Team Union Bank in its commitment to the AHA.” Union Bank was also recently recognized with a 2013 Gold Achievement as a Fit-Friendly worksite for meeting the AHA’s employee wellness criteria.
Heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular disease are the leading causes of death in America, claiming more than 831,000 lives every year. The American Heart Association’s 2020 goal is to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases by 20 percent.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or join us, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or any of our offices around the country, or visit heart.org.
About UnionBanCal Corporation & Union Bank, N.A.
Headquartered in San Francisco, UnionBanCal Corporation is a financial holding company with assets of $105.9 billion at December 31, 2013. Its primary subsidiary, Union Bank, N.A., provides an array of financial services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, and major corporations. The bank operated 420 branches in California, Washington, Oregon, Texas, Illinois, New York and Georgia, as well as 2 international offices, on December 31, 2013. UnionBanCal Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. Union Bank is a proud member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG, NYSE:MTU), one of the world’s largest financial organizations. In July 2013, American Banker Magazine and the Reputation Institute ranked Union Bank #1 for reputation among its customers. Visit www.unionbank.com for more information.