Author: Danielle Mach
Published: Monday, February 18, 2013
Welcome to American Heart Month! As Lisa Kinsella mentioned in the previous blog post, February focuses on heart health and to kick it off, the SLU Dietetic Interns and I volunteered at the Heart of the Family Event at Missouri Baptist Medical Center on February 2, 2013. It was a large event with 585 total attendees showing interest in keeping their heart healthy! It was the 20th anniversary of this event and with it came an endless amount of activities! There were options to listen to a variety of speakers talk about the importance of heart health or you could check out the cardiac catheterization lab. There was even an opportunity to go to the OR surgical suites to see a simulation of how the 18,000 heart surgeries since 1984 have been performed! There were also stations to get their cholesterol and body composition checked for free as well as tasting some great recipes such as a butternut squash/carrot soup for some healthy ideas!
Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States for both men and women with about 600,000 deaths each year, but it is also the most preventable and controllable disease. Nutrition and physical activity are vital components in preventing and controlling heart disease. The Heart of the Matter Health Fair focused on educating the community on various aspects of staying heart healthy.
Here are the main ingredients to keeping your heart healthy:
Overall, this event offered the opportunity for community members to take the initiative to become more educated on being heart healthy. I was personally impressed by the size of the event as well as the interest of so many people to come find out their body composition or cholesterol levels amongst the many other educational opportunities incorporated into this health fair. I challenge you to take the opportunity this month to become aware of your health numbers and to take the initiative to take care of your heart!