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Improve heart health during American Heart Month

Wednesday, February 01, 2017


Throughout February, WellSpan Health will be holding events and offering programs to help inform and empower community members to be heart healthy, as part of American Heart Month. For the most up-to-date information on WellSpan events and programs during American Heart Month, visit WellSpan.org/HearthMonth.


Adams County  

Women’s Heart Program includes services such as complete coronary risk profile (blood screening); individualized cardiovascular risk assessment with a nurse educator; development of a personalized prevention plan and education for risk reduction; comprehensive report forwarded to your primary care provider; and access to other screening, prevention and education programs. The cost is $15. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 337-4164.

Community Wellness Connections (CWC) focuses on promoting better health outcomes for all residents utilizing the eight dimensions of health (physical, occupational, financial, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual and environmental). Each quarter the CWC focuses on a different dimension. From January through March, the dimension is emotional. Visit  www.adamswellness.org or call 337-4137 to learn more about the CWC, including a list of free activities during each dimension.


Lancaster County  

Heart Healthy Cooking will feature healthy, enjoyable recipes in a demonstration to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the Garden Spot Village Chapel, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland. Dietitian Stephanie Snader will discuss how to prepare delicious and nutritious dishes.

Heart Attack 101: Prevention, Intervention and Livin’ is the topic of a program to be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at The Exploratorium at Ephrata Public Library, 560 S. Reading Road, Ephrata. Patrick Fitzsimmons, M.D., a cardiologist with WellSpan Cardiology, will discuss how to prevent a heart attack, what to do if you are experiencing symptoms and how a heart attack can affect your life.

To register for either of the free events, call 1-855-237-4222.


Lebanon County

A Free Half-Day Event on Heart Health will be held Saturday, Feb. 4, featuring informative sessions on chest pain; advanced care planning for the heart failure patient or heart disease and depression; and a heart-healthy lunch, as well as visiting vendors. The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon in Classrooms 1 and 2 of WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital. To register, call Community Health & Wellness at 270-7764.

Free Heart Month Cooking Demonstrations will be held Thursdays in February from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lebanon Farmers Market, 2nd Floor Mezzanine, 35 S. 8th St., Lebanon. They include:

  • Feb. 2: Heart-Healthy Meals with Dwayne Spencer, local chef
  • Feb. 9: Healthy Meals for Diabetics with Leslie Turner Bures, president at B Healthy Meals, and Karen Bachman, registered dietician and diabetes educator at WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Feb. 16: Healthy Cooking for Two with Trevor Sipe, executive chef at WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Feb. 23: Healthy Meal Planning for Your Week with Leslie Turner Bures, president at B Healthy Meals

Advance registration is required for each free demonstration by calling 270-7764 or visiting WellLebanon.org.


York County

What’s Your Heart Risk? is a free event that will be held during First Friday in Downtown York, from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at Central Market, 34 W. Philadelphia St. This event will include the opportunity for participants to determine their risk for a heart attack or heart disease by filling out a heart risk score card. Attendees can also have their blood pressure taken and can speak to WellSpan Heart & Vascular staff.

Paint a Path to a Healthy Heart will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 at WellSpan York Hospital Childbirth and Family Education, 2017 Springwood Road (Queensgate Towne Center), York. Participants will have the chance to speak with experts or get information on a host of topics ranging from smoking cessation and diabetes management to heart failure or stroke, stress management, sleep apnea and more. Blood pressure checks; height, weight and BMI screenings; and heel sticks for osteoporosis will also be offered. A Create Your Own Painting social will be held in conjunction with the events during select times. This event is free, but registration is requested for the Create Your Own Painting social. Register by calling 851-3500 no later than Wednesday, Feb. 8.

Walk n’ Talk with a WellSpan Doc will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, at the main entrance of York Galleria (near Boscov’s), 2899 Whiteford Road, in York. Participants will have the opportunity to walk with Peter Barclay, M.D., a WellSpan Cardiology physician, and discuss issues related to heart health. Blood pressure and cholesterol screenings will also be offered. A social gathering will follow the walk. This event is free, but registration is requested by calling 741–8267.

The Millard G. Diehl Cardiovascular Lectureship: New Non-surgical Therapies for the Heart will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Wyndham Garden York, 2000 Loucks Road, York. James Harvey, M.D., WellSpan Cardiology, will share the newest non-surgical therapies being used to treat structural heart conditions. The lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. The event is free, but registration is requested by calling 851-3500 no later than Friday, Feb. 17.

A Heart Healthy Grocery Store Tour will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at the Giant Food Store, 275 Pauline Drive, York. Sarah Glunz, lead dietitian at Giant Food Stores, will help participants navigate the grocery store aisles for heart healthy foods. The event is free, but registration is requested by calling 851-3500 no later than Wednesday, Feb. 22.


About WellSpan Health

WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization is comprised of a multispecialty medical group of more than 1,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a home care organization, six respected hospitals, more than 15,000 employees, and more than 130 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization, committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities.

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