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Adventist Health Invites You to Love Your Heart

Heart Health

February is American Heart Month and Adventist Health is hosting a series of events and offerings intended to raise awareness of heart health, and encourage our community know the numbers that count. A complete list of heart month activities, events and resources can be found at wwgh.com/heart.

NUMBERS THAT COUNT – SMALL CHANGES THAT MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE

Your annual physical or other health screening may have given you some important information about your overall health. These numbers — called biometrics — usually include heart disease risk factors, such as blood pressure, weight/height/waist size, blood glucose, and cholesterol levels. These numbers are important, but so are the numbers that can help you make a real improvement in your heart health to potentially lower your risk factors for heart attacks, stroke and other diseases. Visit NWRegionalHeart.com to learn the lifestyle numbers that add up to a healthy heart.

3rd ANNUAL HEARTWORK CHILDREN’S COLORING CONTEST

In an effort to get kids talking about and expressing their unique views on heart health, Adventist Health is hosting the 3rd Annual HeartWork Children’s Coloring Contest. Entry forms are available at local elementary schools and online at wwgh.com/heart, and feature the following text: “How do you care for your heart? Draw it! Whether it’s a favorite sport, healthy food, or special person whose heart you care about, show us your HeartWork.” Submissions will be displayed at Book & Game for two weeks in February, and prizes will be awarded for the most creative and inspiring masterpieces. More information, including a downloadable entry form, complete contest rules, and submission guidelines can be found at wwgh.com/heart.

DINE OUT HEART SMART 

We’re partnering with local restaurants to encourage diners to think about their heart when choosing their meals. Throughout February, look for specially-marked dishes with the Dine Out Heart Smart logo at: The Maple Counter Café, Creekside Café at Walla Walla General Hospital, Jacobi’s Italian Café & Catering, Clarette’s Restaurant, Graze – a Place to Eat, and Stone Soup Café.

LOVE YOUR HEART – $25 LAB SCREENING

The WWGH Laboratory is offering a Coronary Risk Panel (cholesterol and glucose) screening for only $25 throughout February. You do not need a physician order, but will need to fast for 12 hours prior to the test. You may drink water and take medication as usual. Take your results to NWRegionalHeart.com, and enter your numbers into our free, confidential Heart Health Assessment. You will receive a personalized report on your heart health, including heart disease risk factors you may have. Discuss your results with your doctor, especially if your results are considered high risk.

HEART HEALTH STARTS HERE

Throughout February we’re hosting a variety of heart-focused classes on our campus. Registration is available at wwgh.com/classes:

  • Stop Smoking
    A seven-part series, begins Wednesday, Feb. 3
    To have the best chance of quitting and staying a non-smoker, you need to know what you’re up against, what your options are, and where to go for help. Join our free seven-part Stop Smoking series, and we will help you adopt a smoke free lifestyle. 
  • Diabetes Support Group
    Thursday, Feb. 4, 1:30 PM, Walla Walla General Hospital
    Come and learn current information and share ideas with others on how to manage and live with diabetes. A registered dietitian will lead out at each meeting. Family members and caregivers welcome.
  • National Wear Red Day
    Friday, Feb. 5 
    Let's unite to prevent heart disease and stroke! Wear red on Friday, February 5, and join the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women movement to help raise awareness and help save women's lives.
  • CPR-AED – American Heart Association
    Monday, Feb. 8 and Tuesday, Feb. 23, 6 PM, WWGH Auditorium
    This is a classroom, video-based, instructor-led course. It teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage choking and cardiac arrest in the first few minutes until EMS arrives. You will learn how to provide CPR to victims of all ages, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner. Registration is required. Course costs $35.
  • The Power of Food
    Thursday, Feb. 25, 6:30 PM WWGH Auditorium
    You know that you need to eat lower-fat, more nutritious meals for your heart and overall health. However, finding the time to prepare healthy foods can be difficult. Discover the secrets to meal planning to help you prepare healthy meals for your family while freeing up time for other heart-healthy activities. Course is free and registration is not required.