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Encouraging Heart Health in the Community

Event In recognition of American Heart Month, Sonora Regional Medical Center hosted its second annual Heart Fest at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds on Tuesday, February 9. This full-day event kicked off with a children’s fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nearly 400 students from eight Tuolumne County schools rotated through six heart-healthy, hands-on stations: smoking avoidance, nutrition, dissected cow heart demonstration, fitness, giant walk-through Mega Heart, and ambulance tour with various demonstrations such as CPR and cardiac monitoring. 
 
“We were quite impressed with how engaged all of the children were,” said Lindsay Brewer, Director of Marketing at Sonora Regional Medical Center. “Our goal is for all of these kids to take the information they’ve learned today and build even healthier futures for themselves and their families.” 

Following the children’s event, the John Muir building was quickly converted for the adults’ portion of Heart Fest. The doors opened at 4 p.m. and the nearly 300 in attendance enjoyed a complimentary heart-healthy meal and listened to a seminar presented by cardiologists Atul Ramachandran, MD, and Eric Hemminger, MD. After the seminar, several SRMC departments provided screenings including cholesterol, blood pressure, carbon monoxide, and body mass index, as well as a Framingham score calculation to assess 10-year risk for heart attack. Heart Fest sponsors also provided information about their products and services. These included Medtronic, Boston Scientific, St. Jude, Cardinal Health, Toshiba, and PHI. 

“We had a wonderful turnout for this event and were able to help a lot of people understand more about protecting their hearts and their health,” said Brewer. “I am grateful to everyone who helped make Heart Fest a big success, especially all of our sponsors and volunteers.”