Wood County Hospital has its heart set on marking Heart Month in February with variety of activities

Linda Barbour, of Wood County Hospital, takes blood pressure of Larry Weiss at 50-plus expo.

From WOOD COUNTY HOSPITAL

The Wood County Wellness department offers classes and meetings monthly on a variety of relevant topics that are important to the community.

“Our goal is to provide the highest quality preventive care, tools and resources that inspire employees, community, organizations, and businesses to develop skills to make positive lifestyle choices with the goal of improving overall health and well-being.,” according to Teri Laurer, Director of Wellness and Occupational Medicine, Wood County Hospital.

February is American Heart Month and a great time to increase awareness of the dangers of heart disease. Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women over the age of 25. It kills one of every three women and one in every four males and claims approximately 600,000 lives annually. Fortunately, 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action.*

On Feb. 3, National Wear Red Day, at 9 a.m. and again at 10 a.m., Daylnn Badenhop, PhD, FACSM in cardiovascular medicine, will be speaking in the Wood County Hospital Meeting rooms about the importance of prevention, signs and symptoms as well as sharing facts and statistics and differences in heart disease in the genders. The community is invited to the presentation and there will be also be information tables, free health screenings, chair massages, refreshments and door prizes available from 8:30 am to 11:00 am.

“Look Good Feel Better,” a free program designed for women dealing with hair loss and skin changes from chemotherapy and radiation will meet at 6 p.m. on Feb. 7, in the Maurer Cancer Center at 950 W Wooster Street in Bowling Green. Topics of discussion will include skin care, makeup application, tips on wig selection and care, ways to prevent or help dry skin and discolored nails, and how to use scarves, turbans and hats. This is an American Cancer Society event.  The program is free but registration is required.  Please call 419-354-8887 or email wellness@woodcountyhospital.org.

The Positively Pink Women’s Health Series meets monthly and covers a range of topics important to women in the community. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting rooms at the Wood County Hospital. The topic for February will be “Emergency Preparedness” with speaker Bradley J. Gilbert, O.C.E.M, Wood County EMA Director.  Severe weather awareness and emergency preparedness are important topics for personal safety and are often overlooked when life gets busy. Bradley will discuss common threats in Wood County as well as how to be prepared for the potential emergencies caused by these threats.

Sources:

http://www.theheartfoundation.org/heart-disease-facts/heart-disease-statistics/

CDC.gov – Heart Disease Facts
American Heart Association – 2015 Heart Disease and Stroke Update, compiled by AHA, CDC, NIH and other governmental sources

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