Community Encouraged to Take Care of their Hearts
January 30, 2013
Sixty-six percent of Logan County residents are either overweight or obese. That statistic comes from the Healthy Communities Institute that compiles data from national, state, and regional sources.
“You Are the HEART of Your Family – Take Care of It” is an event being held to give residents an opportunity to learn more about cardiovascular disease and weight management. The free will be held from 8:30 to 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.
Christopher Rivera, MD, with Family Medical Center of Lincoln, will offer a keynote presentation on cardiovascular disease. Free body fat and blood pressure screenings will be provided. Workshops will also be offered to teach participants about healthy behaviors. Kat Tucholke, APN, CDE with Memorial Physician Services will discuss weight management. Todd Mourning, PT, DPT with Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital will share tips for creating an active family lifestyle and Jennifer DiPasquale, RD, LD, CDE with Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital will share ways to pack a healthy lunch for you and your family.
The first 125 participants will receive a free t-shirt. Participants who attend every session will be entered into a drawing for an iPad provided by the ALMH Auxiliary.
“If we can address obesity in Logan County, we can lower the instance of other diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Healthy Communities Partnership is collaborating with the community to address all of these health concerns,” said Angela Stoltzenburg, manager of the Healthy Communities Partnership.
The event is being held in conjunction with Healthy Communities Partnership, Memorial Physician Services and ALMH Auxiliary. It is funded in part through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Office of Rural Health Policy.
“There are a lot of people in our community who can benefit from this event by learning how to take control of their activity level and diet to ensure healthy weight management and heart health,” Stoltzenburg said.
Healthy Communities Partnership is a collaborative organization comprised of over 45 community organizations. It is supported in part by the Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation. “Like” Healthy Communities Partnership on Facebook to receive updates about its efforts to create the healthiest community in America. For more information about the event, call (217) 605-5008.
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