Sandusky, Mich. – While many people celebrate with hearts and flowers on Valentine’s Day, not everyone realizes that the entire month of February is dedicated to heart health. Once again, McKenzie Health System is recognizing American Heart Month and the Go Red for Women campaign with LIVE SMART: Be Good to Your Heart! The promotion includes tips for healthy living, a discount on cardiac scoring for women and a Facebook contest.
Photo: McKenzie Health System Community Outreach Team wearing red as they plan for Heart Health Month. Pictured front row, left to right: Gloria Jerome, Nina Barnett, Louise Blasius, Carrie Krampits. Back row: Marie Sparrer, Bonnie Powell, Patty Schafsnitz.
Throughout February, McKenzie Health System is selling LIVE SMART t-shirts, with all proceeds going to the Women’s Health and Wellness Fund, and hosting a fun Facebook contest with a giveaway of a Garmin activity tracker. In addition, cardiac scoring is available for $41 for women during February; this test can detect heart disease in its early stages by checking for calcium in the plaque on the walls of the arteries, a sign of coronary artery disease. A portion of the cost for the cardiac scoring is being donated by the McKenzie Health System Women’s Health and Wellness Fund.
Recognizing the importance of heart health, American Heart Month focuses on reducing heart disease and strokes, the leading cause of death for both men and women. On February 5, Go Red for Women, a program of the American Heart Association, asks that men and women wear red to increase awareness and support education about cardiovascular health.
“A healthy heart is a happy heart, and we are pleased to recognize American Heart Month and support healthy practices with our LIVE SMART promotion,” said Billi Jo Hennika, Vice President of Operations, McKenzie Health System. “This month, we encourage everyone to move more, eat a little better, drink lots of water and truly live smart for their heart.”
LIVE SMART: Be Good to Your Heart! t-shirts are available in the McKenzie Gift Shop, which is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Facebook contest launches on February 1. For more information about McKenzie Health System, visit www.mckenziehealth.org.