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

Craig Wolfley photo

At Monongahela Valley Hospital's Go Red event, keynote speaker Craig Wolfley, 12-year veteran of the NFL, former Pittsburgh Steeler, martial arts instructor, former sumo competitor, and TV and radio personality, will talk about the importance of physical fitness and heart health at 6 p.m. in the hospital's Education Conference Center.

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

At Monongahela Valley Hospital's Go Red event, MVH Executive Chef Phoebe DiBello will prepare and share samples of heart healthy recipes including almond snack mix, turkey and wild rice loaf and roasted carrots, beets and red onion.

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

For Canonsburg Hospital's Go Red event, Gurney Bolster, MA of T'ai C'hi for Health (front, center), and her students will give a talk and demonstration at 5 p.m. in the McNary Conference Center, 100 Medical Boulevard, Canonsburg, Pa.
(January 16, 2015 - 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 and your lifestyle?

The three hospitals in Washington County will again team up during National Heart Month (February) 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 (WHS) will each host events at their respective facilities on Thursday, Feb. 26, at various times. Offerings include speakers, educational demonstrations, giveaways and more.

National Wear Red Day is also celebrated Friday, Feb. 6, 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.

At Canonsburg Hospital, these Go Red events will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the McNary Conference Center, 100 Medical Boulevard, Canonsburg, Pa., 15317:

4 - 6:30p.m. - Screenings for blood pressure and body mass index (BMI) by Canonsburg Hospital nursing staff; and chiropractic chair massage, with posture and functional movement screenings done by Tyson Swigart, D.C. and staff, Southpointe Chiropractic and Fitness.

4:30 p.m. - "Women and Heart Disease: What You Need to Know," Travis Wilson, M.D., cardiologist, Canonsburg Hospital, Allegheny Health Network.

5 p.m. - T'ai Ch'i for Stress Relief and Health, talk and demonstration by Gurney Bolster, MA of T'ai C'hi for Health, and students.

5:30 p.m. - "Nutrition for a Healthy Heart," Mark Davis, RD, LDN, nutritionist, Jefferson Hospital, Allegheny Health Network.

6 p.m. - "Small Changes, Big Results for Your Health," Margie Webb, RN, LMT, owner of "Ahh..A Massage," McMurray, Pa.

All attending the Canonsburg Go Red event will be eligible to win an iPad® Mini, donated by TownView Health and Rehab. Drawing will be held at the end of the evening. Winner need not be present.

For any donation of $5 and up made to the American Heart Association, Washington County, Canonsburg Hospital will be giving away a limited number of red fleece gloves or headbands as a thank you.

At Monongahela Valley Hospital, these events will be held at the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center on the hospital campus, 1163 Country Club Road, Monongahela, Pa.:

3 - 4:30 p.m. - Free blood pressure screenings and stroke risk assessments.

3:30 p.m. - Heart Healthy Cooking Demonstration by MVH Executive Chef Phoebe DiBello, and Clinical Nutrition Manager Michele Pfarr, RD, LDN, with samples afterward.

4:30 p.m. - Innovations in Medicine talk on stroke by Neurologist Pushpa Kumari, M.D.

6 p.m. - Keynote speaker: Craig Wolfley, 12-year veteran of the NFL, former Pittsburgh Steeler, martial arts instructor, former sumo competitor, and TV and radio personality.

MVH will also have healthy refreshments, free giveaways and a raffle. Seating is limited; must RSVP for MVH events by calling, 724-258-1333. Staff at MVH will sell Go Red Washington County gloves and headbands during the event.

Washington Health System (WHS) events will be held Feb. 24 and 26 at the hospital's Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center, 240 Wellness Way, Washington, PA 15301.

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 5-8 p.m., Washington GO RED Girls Night Out at Spa Harmony. Enjoy a mini spa day while raising money for a good cause. Choose three mini spa services: massage, reflexology, facials, manicures or pedicures. Cost is $30 per person. RSVP by Wednesday, Feb. 18, or to purchase a ticket for your sweetheart, call 724-250-5238.

Feb. 26, Go Red Washington Health System (WHS) events at Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center:

6 - 10 a.m. - Free screenings for the first 100, only $10/per person after that. Must RSVP to 724-250-5210 and must fast for 12 hours prior to the test; take medications as normal and drink plenty of water.

9 - 10 a.m. - Heart Smart Decisions panel discussion with cardiologist, dietitian and exercise physiologist.

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. - Heart Healthy Mini Stations, 10-15 minute mini heart healthy sessions on a variety of topics including fitness, nutrition and stress management.

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Zumbathon. Minimum $5 donation with free gift for all who donate. All donations will be sent to the American Heart Association (AHA).

Basket raffles - Tickets are a $5 donation. All proceeds go to AHA.

Washington will also sell Go Red T-shirts and paper hearts in February and hospital staff will involve employees with a pie-in-the-doctor's-face contest and an Employee Heart Education event with games and prizes.

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

"We're pleased to participate in this family-friendly event that brings together a great group of experts on heart health and healthy living," said Canonsburg Hospital President and CEO Jane Sarra. "At Canonsburg Hospital, we are committed to providing opportunities like the Go Red event to residents of our community, to help them become more aware of the advantages of a heart-healthy lifestyle, and to be more proactive about their health."

"The community has enjoyed the first two years of Go Red Washington County, which 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 Canonsburg and Mon Valley."

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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