Focus on heart health in February

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DOVER -- February is National Heart Health Month and the Union Hospital Community Health and Wellness Department is offering two heart-healthy events along with community partners. To encourage participation during the month, UH wellness staff will reduce the already low cost of lipid panel screening to $5 at all their event sites where it is offered in February.

"When it comes to your heart you should know your risk factors and understand what you can do to lower those risks and improve heart efficiency," said Pamela Dummermuth, UH Community Health and Wellness coordinator. "Health screenings like these can help you keep tabs on your heart health."

On February 1, from 8:00 a.m. to noon, the Dover Public Library will host a heart health event. Everybody is encouraged to wear red as part of "Go Red" month, participate in a raffle and enjoy free refreshments. UH will provide a lipid panel analysis for $5 to screen for good and bad cholesterol levels and triglycerides. The American Heart Association will offer heart health risk assessments, "Go Red" lapel pins, and provide a short video program entitled; "I'm Having a Little Heart Attack!" Register for the lipid panel screening at unionhospital.org under "health events" or by calling 330-602-0778.

Celebrate Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, by doing something good for your heart. The UH Healthy Heart Fair will be hosted by the OV Harvest store at 202 2nd St. SW in New Philadelphia from 9 a.m. to noon. All are invited to enjoy free samples of OV Harvest's olive oils and vinaigrettes. A lipid panel analysis for the Heart Month cost of $5 will be offered, plus free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings. Those who have the cholesterol screening also receive $1 off any olive oil purchase. Register at unionhospital.org under "health events" or by calling 330-602-0778.

The full calendar of Heart Health screening events in February is available at www.unionhospital.org. Click on "Health Events" for the calendar of health and wellness events in February.

For information, contact the Community Health and Wellness Department at Union Hospital at 330-602-0779.

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