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MCCG Raises Awareness and Promotes Education During American Heart Month

MCCG Raises Awareness and Promotes Education During American Heart Month

Public Events Highlight ‘Heart Fest’

MACON, GA (Monday, Jan. 30, 2012) – Heart disease is a staggering health problem in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control estimates 785,000 Americans suffered a coronary event in 2010 and about 470,000 had a recurrent attack. At least one American dies each minute from a heart disease-related event, making heart disease, including stroke, the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.

There are, however, steps each of us can take to prevent this chronic disease. During American Heart Month this February, The Medical Center of Central Georgia is dedicated to battling heart disease by raising awareness and knowledge through a series of public events called “Heart Fest.”

Saturday: Heart and Soul is a health fair that offers many screenings, including lipid screenings, which require fasting and pre-registration. Call (478) 633-7157 to register. AngioScreen®, an integrated cardiovascular screening program designed to help individuals determine their risk for cardiovascular disease, will also be offered. Please call 1-800-627-2393 to make an appointment. Cost is $50. Physician speakers will discuss heart health at 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Former Warner Robins High School boys basketball coach Chip Malone, a heart transplant recipient, will sign copies of his book, “A Second Chance: A Heart Transplant Story.” This health fair is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Mabel White Baptist Church, 1415 Bass Rd., Macon.

Thursday, Feb. 9: Eating for a Healthy Heart with Registered Dietitian Courtney Mosser is a seminar on how to “love your heart.” She will share nutritional information and a heart-healthy snack. RSVP is required, so please call (478) 633-8537. This event is from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at The Wellness Center, 3797 Northside Dr., Macon.

Tuesday, Feb. 21: Heart Healthy Cooking Show in the Albert Luce, Jr. Heart Tower Lobby. Menu items from Chef Jarvis Napier include Rotisserie Grilled Chicken Breast, Balsamic Glazed Roasted Root Vegetables, Herb Quinoa Rice Pilaf and Wild Berry Green Tea. Sandy Kahley, Business Development Coordinator from the Georgia Heart Center, will lead a technology tour following the cooking demonstration, which begins at 4:30 p.m. Participants will go through laboratories and testing areas, and hear from professionals about procedures relating to the heart. Please RSVP at (478) 633-7157.

Saturday, Feb. 25: Let’s Get Moving is an inaugural event held at Central Georgia Rehabilitation Hospital, 3351 Northside Dr., Macon, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Therapists will be available to do on-site screenings which include: gait and balance, adaptive equipment, swallowing, memory and voice. Other screenings will include blood pressure, body fat, grip strength, healthy legs, and glucose and cholesterol levels. These screenings will be offered at no charge. AngioScreen® will also be available for of $50 and an appointment is needed. Please call 1-800-627-2393 to schedule a time. 

Join us, improve your health and meet CGRH’s newest doctor, Dr. T. Shantel King-Whitby, as well as representatives from Georgia Heart Center, Heartworks, Central Georgia Hospice, Central Georgia Home Health, Central Georgia Home Care and Life Boutique.

Door prizes and light refreshments will be served. 

MCCG will also support the following regional events: Feb. 9, Oconee Regional Medical Center Health Fair, 2:30 p.m., 821 N. Cobb St., Milledgeville; Feb. 10, Peach Regional Medical Center Women’s Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., RSVP: (478) 825-8691 (ext. 150); Feb. 16: Upson Regional Medical Center Health Fair, 3:30 p.m., 801 Gordon St., Thomaston.

To keep your heart healthy, watch your weight, quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke, control your cholesterol and blood pressure, drink alcohol only in moderation, get active and eat healthy, talk to your doctor about taking aspirin every day if you are a man over the age of 45 or a woman over 55, and manage stress. You are at higher risk of heart disease if you are a woman age 55 or older, a man age 45 or older, or a person with a family history of early heart disease.

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