More than just Valentine’s Day, February is also American Heart Month, the perfect opportunity to focus on heart health. In support of American Heart Month and the Go Red for Women campaign, McKenzie Health System is once again spotlighting health and wellness with LIVE SMART: Be Good to Your Heart! The annual promotion includes tips for healthy living, a discount on cardiac scoring for women, a Facebook contest and a new Go Red Ladies Night on Feb. 9.
To bolster heart health and awareness, McKenzie Health System is encouraging community members to wear red throughout the month of February. Need some help? Shop smart! LIVE SMART: Be Good to Your Heart! apparel will be available in the McKenzie Gift Shop, open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
McKenzie is also hosting two fun Facebook contests: one for individuals to post healthy lifestyle photos (focused on exercise, healthy eating, quitting a bad habit, drinking water, laughing with friends) throughout February and tag McKenzie Health System to be registered to win a Garmin activity tracker; in addition, fitness classes can post a class photo to be registered to win a special healthy treat delivered to the class. Again, simply tag McKenzie Health System. Entrants are encouraged to make the heart symbol with their hands as well.
Finally, the first-ever Go Red Ladies Night will be held on Feb. 9 at 5 p.m. at Woodland Hills Golf Club, 320 Gates Rd., Sandusky. Supported by the McKenzie Women’s Health & Wellness Fund, the theme of the evening is “Anything, Not Everything” and includes refreshments and wine tasting with 3 North Vines Winery and Vineyard, chair massages, door prizes and more as well as special guest speaker Alyssa Muniz, Wellness Coordinator at Kapnick Insurance Group. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door and can be purchased at the McKenzie Health System main entrance, outpatient lobby or gift shop. They can also be ordered through Nina Barnett at firstname.lastname@example.org or 810.648.6127.
“Sometimes women are really good at taking care of everyone else, but not so great about taking care of themselves. This month is all about recognizing the importance of heart health, making positive changes, and showing others in the community how much we love and support them,” said Nina Barnett, Public Relations Coordinator at McKenzie Health System.
Heart disease and strokes remain the leading cause of death for both men and women, and American Heart Month serves to remind individuals of all ages of the importance of taking care of their hearts through regular exercise, a healthy diet, ample sleep, stress-reduction strategies and regular check-ups.