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Monongahela Valley Hospital Hosts Creative Community Wellness Events

KDKA-TV Anchor Jennifer Antkowiak led a group of Monongahela Valley Hospital’s “Go Red Washington County” participants in Zumba. Ms. Antkowiak discussed the importance of exercise on heart heat.

Author and holistic heath counselor Janet McKee talked to participants about healthy eating and presented a cooking demonstration (with tasty samples).

Ameara Felder, a Yoga Alliance Certified yoga instructor who is part of Monongahela Valley Hospital’s Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease, led a session on stress management.

Members of the Innovations in Medicine panel reunited on stage following their presentations to answer questions from the audience. Shown left to right are Randall Komacko, MPT, senior staff physical therapist and director of the Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease; Kenny Furlong, RN, cardiac rehabilitation supervisor; and Don Doyle, director of the Center for Fitness and Health.

Simon Chough, M.D. led an Innovations in Medicine panel on heart health during the Go Red Washington County event at Monongahela Valley Hospital.
(March 4, 2013 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

Community awareness and wellness are key components of Monongahela Valley Hospital’s efforts to enhance the health of the residents of the mid-Monongahela Valley. Recently, MVH organized and hosted two major events to increase awareness of heart disease and to promote mammogram screenings.

Go Red Washington County
February was National Heart Month and this year, Monongahela Valley Hospital joined forces with Canonsburg Hospital and Washington Health System for Go Red, Washington County," a county-wide education and awareness program. For four hours on Feb. 28, each facility hosted events that included speakers, screenings, educational demonstrations, giveaways and more.

At MVH, health screenings were conducted for the duration of the event which began at 4 p.m. with healthy cooking demonstrations by author and holistic health counselor Janet McKee. Amaera Felder, a stress management specialist, conducted a session on relaxation techniques for all ages and fitness levels, and KDKA-TV news anchor Jennifer Antkowiak discussed heart health and conducted Zumba and walking demonstrations. The event also included an Innovations in Medicine panel that focused on heart health issues with panelists including Simon H. Chough, M.D.; an MVH cardiologist; Don Doyle, director of the Center for Fitness and Health; Kenny Furlong, RN; cardiac rehabilitation supervisor; and Randall Komacko, MPT, senior staff physical therapist and director of the Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease.

Mamm & Glamm
October is known as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a heavy emphasis on women getting their annual mammograms. Awareness shouldn’t end once the calendar flips to November. Some women diligently visit their gynecologists for their annual exams and receive prescriptions for mammograms but just file the scripts away and never have the screening. Why? Some people are afraid because they do not know what to expect.

HealthPLEX Imaging made the process of getting a mammogram a little more comfortable. The staff applied for and received a grant from the Susan G. Komen Foundation to host Mamm & Glamm the first Saturday in March at the Mon-Vale HealthPLEX. Sixty women who had prescriptions for mammograms had the opportunity to have their screenings in a relaxing atmosphere and then enjoy free pampering that included massages, nail treatments and more.  

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