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Free Heart Health, Wellness Checks Set At AH YMCA Feb. 26

 
Low Moor, VA (Feb. 2, 2024) - In conjunction with the observance of American Heart Month in February, the Alleghany Highlands YMCA and LewisGale Hospital – Alleghany are partnering to offer free Heart Health and Wellness Checks at the YMCA from 1-2 p.m. on Monday, February 26.

According to the American Heart Association, someone dies of cardiovascular disease about every 34 seconds in the U.S. It is the No. 1 killer of both men and women.

Through the Healthy Highlands initiative, the Alleghany Highlands YMCA is committed to providing resources and guidance to help individuals adopt heart-healthy habits.

“Preventative care is essential in curbing the risk of heart disease,” said Dr. Sandra McHenry, the Healthy Highlands program leader. “Hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, a sedentary lifestyle and smoking are all modifiable risk factors that increase the chances of developing heart disease. Staying proactive is key to leading healthier and more joyful lives.”

The YMCA welcomes LewisGale Hospital – Alleghany in this effort to bring education and awareness to the Alleghany Highlands community. “Your pets need you,” said Melanie M. Hinkle, PA-C. “Please take care of your heart.”

This Heart Health event will feature blood pressure screenings, glucose checks, nutritional information and fitness demonstrations. Krista Wilson, BSN, RN, with the Cardiac Rehabilitation Department at LGH-A will also be on hand to answer questions and provide key information on heart heath.

Other community partners will be on hand to provide information and valuable resources. They include the Virginia Department of Health, Connections Plus and others.

“Join us on Monday, February 26, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Alleghany Highlands YMCA as we prioritize cardiovascular health,” Dr. McHenry added. “Please make plans to attend this special event.”

American Heart Month was first observed in 1964. After suffering a heart attack, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed the month of February as American Heart Month.

The Healthy Highlands Program, headquartered at the Alleghany Highlands YMCA, is an initiative aimed at promoting and improving the health of all Alleghany Highlands residents. For more information, email Dr. McHenry at smchenryahymca@gmail.com or call (540) 962-9622.

 
 
 

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