MedWest-Haywood to kick off Heart Month Feb. 7

Jan 31, 2014

Two heart disease survivors will kick off Heart Month by sharing their story at noon Friday, Feb. 7  in the gym of the Health & Fitness Center. This event will occur immediately before MedWest-Haywood makes a “Go Red for Women” video, in which all community members are invited to appear. After the brief filming session, survivors Lisa Gaines and Helen Ann Kroll will be on hand to speak and answer questions about their experience.

The “Go Red for Women” 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. This 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. All Heart Month activities are free and open to the public.

Other events planned for Friday, Feb. 7 include a seminar presented by Dr. David Peterson at 5 p.m. in the Health & Fitness Center’s cardio rehabilitation room. Dr. Peterson will discuss the risk factors for heart disease. At 6 p.m. in the Health & Fitness Center’s classrooms, Drew McArthur, MedWest-Haywood’s registered dietitian, will show participants how to eat heart healthy

Every Friday, MedWest-Haywood will offer free activities at the Health & Fitness Center to educate the community about heart health. Below is a schedule of events, also available at

Friday, Feb. 14 is We Love Your Heart Day — An all day event during which the community is encouraged to try out heart-healthy classes offered free at the Health & Fitness Center. Membership is not required to try out the classes. The Health & Fitness Center will also offer couples massages to reduce stress and relieve tension. A one-hour session is $140. Call 452-8080 to reserve a session.

Friday, Feb. 21, is Shop Right to Eat Right. Join MedWest-Haywood’s registered dietitians for a tour of various grocery stores throughout Haywood County. Details and ways to register will be released soon.

Friday, Feb. 28, is Kids’ Fun Day: Eat and Play. This event is open to children ages 8-12. From 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Health & Fitness Center, this event starts out with an interactive cooking demo and ends with two different interactive movement sessions: Games to Get You Moving and Boot Camp for Kids. Details and ways to register will be released soon.

Scotty Setser, director of the MedWest Haywood Health & Fitness Center, is excited to participate in all of 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,” said Setser. “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.

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