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Three Hospitals Promote Heart Health Awareness with "Go Red, Washington County"

Team up for Go Red Washington County photo

The three CEOs of Canonsburg Hospital, Monongahela Valley Hospital and Washington Health System are proud to team up for Go Red Washington County, which offers heart health awareness events at each facility on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 4 to 8 p.m., with special events, education, free screenings, demonstrations, talks and more. Shown are (standing, left) Louis J. Panza Jr., president and CEO of Monongahela Valley Hospital, (right) Gary B. Weinstein, president and CEO of Washington Health System, and (center) Marcie S. Caplan, president and CEO of Canonsburg Hospital.
(January 16, 2014 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

While heart disease is both preventable and controllable, it remains the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.

How healthy is your heart?

The three hospitals in Washington County will again team up during National Heart Month for a county-wide education and awareness effort for women and men called "Go Red, Washington County."

Canonsburg Hospital, Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH) and Washington Health System will each host events at their respective facilities on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 4-8 p.m. Offerings include speakers, educational demonstrations, giveaways and more.

National Wear Red Day is also celebrated Friday, Feb. 7, and the hospitals' staff members are encouraging men and women to don red clothing this entire month to bring more attention to the issue of heart health.

All three Chief Executive Officers said they were very pleased to offer the community such important educational opportunities in a family-oriented, fun setting.

"Canonsburg Hospital is committed to helping raise the awareness about good heart health in the local community," said Marcie S. Caplan, president and CEO of the hospital. "Through events like Go Red Washington County, we are able to educate - and screen - residents to help them be more proactive about their heart health."

"This event was very well-received by the community last year and Go Red Washington County is one of our many efforts that fulfills our mission to improve the health of the residents of the mid-Mon Valley," said Louis J. Panza Jr., president and CEO of Monongahela Valley Hospital. "Knowledge is power and we are so glad to work together on this effort to help empower our residents to make changes, even small ones, for better heart health.

"We share a deep commitment to promoting good heart health in our local communities," said Gary B. Weinstein, president and CEO of Washington Health System." And we are delighted to participate in Go Red Washington County again this year with our partners, Canonsburg Hospital and Monongahela Valley Hospital."

At Canonsburg Hospital, Go Red events will be held in the McNary Conference Center, 100 Medical Boulevard, Canonsburg, PA 15317, and are as follows:.
  4:30 p.m. Flower Arranging from Malone Florist
  5 p.m. "Peripheral Arterial Disease" with Gus Abu-Hamad, M.D.
  5:30 p.m. Flower Arranging from Malone Florist
  6 p.m. "Nutrition, Heart Disease and Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease," by Mark Davis
  6:30 p.m. "What Everyone Needs To Know About Heart Disease," with Travis Wilson, M.D.
  7 p.m. Darieth Chisolm, owner of FullBody Fitness in Brentwood, and a former news anchor on WPXI, will discuss unique workouts such as Aerial Yoga, Pole Dance Fitness, Zumba, Turbo Kick & LaBlast Dance Fitness, PiYoStrength, Bokwa Fitness and more offered by FullBody Fitness.

Monongahela Valley Hospital's events will be held at the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center on the hospital campus, 1163 Country Club Road, Monongahela PA 15063. The schedule is as follows:
  4 p.m. Heart Healthy Cooking Demonstration by MVH Executive Chef Phoebe Seiverling, and Clinical Nutrition Manager Michele Pfarr, RD, LDN, with samples afterward. Seating is limited; please call to reserve your space, 724-258-1333.
  5 p.m. Amaera Felder, Stress Management Techniques to Help Your Heart, including Gentle Yoga; for all ages and fitness levels.
  6 p.m. Innovations in Medicine talk on heart health and the Dean Ornish Program, R.G.Krishnan, M.D., cardiology/internal medicine.
  7 p.m. Free risk assessments, blood pressure screenings, meet and greet our newest doctors

Washington Health System events will be held at the hospital's Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center, 240 Wellness Way, Washington, PA 15301.
  5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Free blood pressure screenings all day
  11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Heart Healthy Cooking Demo with Registered Dietitian and Cardiac Specialist. Space is limited, please call to register, 724-225-WELL
  12 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Meditation for the Heart
  7 p.m. Zumba Dance Party, $5 minimum donation. Free gift to all who donate; 100 percent of donations will be sent to the American Heart Association.

Staff at Canonsburg and MVH will be selling "Go Red Washington County" gloves and headbands throughout the evening. For any donations made to the American Heart Association at Zumba, Washington Health System will be giving away the gloves and headbands as gifts.

Go Red Washington County is for men and women but is being held in conjunction with The American Heart Association's "Go Red For Women" campaign that promotes heart health for women.

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