Penn State Hershey celebrates National Heart Month

With about eight million women in the U.S. currently living with heart disease, it is safe to say that almost everyone knows a woman in their life — a mother, friend, sister, grandmother, aunt — who has been affected. To show support for women’s heart health, Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute encourages everyone to wear something red on National Wear Red Day, Friday, Feb. 7.

Other activities planned in honor of National Heart Month:

-- The Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center goes red. The Crescent will be illuminated with red lights through Feb. 8.

-- Free blood pressure screenings: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 7 — Hospital Main and North Lobbies; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 11 — University Physician Center Lobby; 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 19 — Main Lobby; and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 27 — North Lobby

-- Check out the heart healthy menu options in the Medical Center’s Rotunda Café this month: Feb. 6 and 7 — fish tacos; Feb. 13 — crunchy baked fish, roasted rosemary carrots and mashed maple sweet potatoes; Feb. 20 — turkey meatloaf; in addition, a different heart healthy composed salad will be offered each week at the salad station.

-- "Heart to Heart" live call-in show on abc27 — at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20. The Heart and Vascular Institute teams up with abc27 to discuss topics related to the care and treatment of cardiovascular disease.

-- Go Red Classes at the University Fitness Center (UFC) — 5 and 6 p.m. Feb. 24. A Zumba class will be offered at 5 p.m. and a Turbokick class offered at 6 p.m. Both classes are open to all UFC members, and all Medical Center and College of Medicine employees and students. Those who attend either class are encouraged to wear red. Registration is limited for both classes. Call 717-531-4313 to register.

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Last Updated February 05, 2014