Heart Healthy Happenings Winter/Spring 2013

January 31, 2013 2:04:37 PM PST

National Wear Red Day- Feb. 1- In recognition of the 10th National Wear Red Day, the American Heart Association is asking women (and men) across the country wear red to stand united in the fight against heart disease in women. Visit www.heart.org/philadelphia.


PA Lobby Day ? Feb. 4 ? Pennsylvania residents will be making the trip up to Harrisburg on this day to talk to their legislators about two issues for 2013: strengthening the Clean Indoor Air law to include NO exemptions, and requiring all newborn babies to be screened for critical congenital heart defects prior to discharge from a hospital or birthing facility. Visit www.yourethecure.org.


Heart Ball ? Feb 9 - Come dance the night away for a good cause. The Philadelphia Heart Ball will be held at Philadelphia Downtown Marriott. A premier black-tie event, this gala raises funds for and awareness of heart disease and stroke.? Honorees: Brian P. Tierney, Esq., CEO, Brian Communications and Victoria L. Vetter, M.D., Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. For more information visit www.heart.org/PhiladelphiaPAHeartBall


Celebrate National Heart Month: Preventing Heart Disease?Back to Basics ?Feb12 - Help The Heart Institute of Doylestown Hospital celebrate National Heart Month by getting back to the basics of keeping your heart strong. Join Doylestown Hospital cardiologist Frank Grzywacz, MD, for this discussion on cholesterol, blood pressure, and weight management. Find out which numbers they’re talking about when it comes to “knowing your numbers.” Learn about medications that can help in the fight against heart disease. And discover why exercise is an important weapon in the fight against cardiovascular disease. Leave this lecture with the insight to help make 2013 your healthiest year yet! FREE... Tuesday, February 12, 7:00 to 8:30pm , V.I.A. Auditorium, Health & Wellness Center, Warrington?FREE...Register online at www.dh.org or call 215-345-2121.


How Your Mood Affects Your Heart ? February 26- We know that things like high cholesterol and high blood pressure are risk factors for heart disease, but what about factors you can’t really put a number on? Studies show that stress, depression, and anxiety can all affect the health of your heart as well as your overall health.
Join Doylestown Hospital cardiologist James Kmetzo, MD, to learn about the links between stress, emotions, and cardiovascular disease. He will discuss ways?including relaxation, exercise, and even laughter?to help elevate your mood and modify your risk factors. Tuesday, February 26, 1:00 to 2:30pm, V.I.A. Auditorium, Health & Wellness Center, Warrington?FREE...Register online at www.dh.org or call 215-345-2121.

Home Runs For Heart ? May 6 & 7 - Join the American Heart Association and the Philadelphia Phillies for the 16th annual Home Runs For Heart two-day derby contest from 8 a.m. ? 4:30 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park. This event is held in honor of Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn, who died suddenly of a heart attack in 1997. In addition, we also honor the memory of Harry Kalas, longtime Phillies announcer, who passed away of heart disease in 2009. Come meet the Phanatic, take a tour of the Park, participate in a silent auction and meet the Phillies Ball Girls. Swing for the fences and help us strike out heart disease and stroke. To register or for more information, call (215) 575-5218 or visit www.heart.org/phillywalk.

Go Red For Women Luncheon and Health Expo ? May 10 - The American Heart Association will host its 10th annual Go Red For Women luncheon on at the Hyatt at the Bellevue from 10:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Join hundreds of men and women from the business and civic communities as they celebrate the lives of women and learn all about heart disease, the number one killer of women, through survivor stories. The luncheon will feature attorney, author, television personality and heart disease survivor Star Jones. Star, the AHA’s National Volunteer, will share her journey through successful open-heart surgery and cardiac rehab, as well as her passion as a heart-health advocate. For tickets or more information, www.heart.org/Philadelphia.