MedWest-Haywood invites community to be part of Heart Month video

Jan 23, 2014

Special activities planned all month to educate the community on heart health

MedWest Haywood invites all interested community members to appear in a special ‘Go Red for Women’ video at noon, Friday, Feb. 7 at the Health & Fitness Center gym.

The video is part of an all-day lineup designed to celebrate National Wear Red Day, which aims to raise awareness of heart disease in women.

The only requirement for appearing in the video is that at least one article of clothing must be red. No prior preparation is required and the activity is appropriate for all ages and all levels of mobility.

The National Wear Red Day activities are part of the health center’s overall Heart Month celebration.

 

Other events planned for that day include advice on cooking healthy, as well as education on risk factors for heart disease and the warning signs of a heart attack.

Scotty Setser, director of the MedWest Haywood Health & Fitness Center said he was excited to participate in all the upcoming heart month events.

 

“Our center is unique in that, because of our strong ties with the medical community and because we are part of a medical center, we have the ability to help our members both manage and prevent disease,” he said. “For instance, we have a cardiac rehabilitation center here onsite, which means that patients can get expert care and advice on how to get well and stay well after a heart attack. My staff is also specially trained to tailor exercise programs for each individual, whether they have a medical need or not. Our strong medical focus is a huge benefit to our members, so when we get the opportunity to host an event like this, that’s something my staff and I get excited about.”

 

National Wear Red Day was created by the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to take action against the disease that claims the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women.

 

MedWest Haywood has activities planned for the entire month of February in commemoration of Heart Month.

Some of the activities planned include cooking demonstrations and special fitness activities for both children and adults, several seminars, and education about making healthy choices while grocery shopping.

A complete listing of MedWest Haywood Heart Month activities and how to register for them are available atmedwesthealth.org/heart.

 

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