Shelbyville Daily Union

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February 18, 2014

SMH Girls Night Out celebrates heart health in February

SHELBYVILLE, IL, – Recognizing February as National Heart Month, Shelby Memorial Hospital’s (SMH) Girls Night Out will focus on heart health, and call attention to the sobering fact that more Americans, men and women, die from heart disease than any other health issue. However, you have the power to protect and improve your heart health so that you may live a longer, healthier life.

Girls Night Out will be held on Tuesday, February 25, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Lake Shelbyville’s Visitors’ Center, off of Route 16, just east of the main dam. All women in the community are invited.

Many people will have no symptoms of a cardiac condition and will not realize that their health is in jeopardy. Therefore, it is crucial to understand personal risk factors so that you may protect your heart. These may include habits, lifestyle choices as well as factors you cannot control such as age or heredity.

February’s keynote speaker, Hannah Doyle, Certified Physicians Assistant at the Family Healthcare Center of SMH, said, “ The good news is that certain risk factors such as high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, excessive weight, diabetes and physical inactivity are issues over which you do have some control. Many people have more than one risk factor. To safeguard your heart, it’s best to eliminate as many of these as you can.”

Adrienne Jarrell, Registered Dietitian, MS, RD, CDE, will share an interactive quiz on dietary knowledge along with some simple suggestions about hidden salts and trans fats that can be detrimental to good health.

For those in attendance, nurses will be on hand at Girls Night Out to do a blood pressure screening before the program starts. Always a part of GNO, a nutritious snack will be provided. At the February GNO, SMH will offer a parting gift of 28 heart-friendly recipes. Each day of the month of February, one of these recipes has been offered during the noon meal at the SMH Wildflower Café as a tribute to heart health and healthy choices.

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