Washington County Hospitals Team Up to Promote Heart Health Awareness

(February 4, 2016 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

While heart disease is both preventable and controllable, it remains the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.

The three hospitals in Washington County will again team up during National Heart Month (February) for a county-wide education and awareness effort for women and men called "Go Red, Washington County."

Each of the hospitals will encourage non-uniformed employees to participate in National Wear Red Day on Friday, Feb. 5. In addition, men and women of the community are urged to wear red clothing the entire month to bring more attention to the issue of heart health.

On Tuesday, Feb. 16, Monongahela Valley Hospital will sponsor events at the Center for Fitness and Health in the Monongahela Valley Hospital HealthPlex, 800 Plaza Drive, Suite 100, WillowPointe Plaza, Belle Vernon, PA 15012:

12 - 3 p.m. - Free blood pressure screenings and stroke risk assessments.

1 – 3 p.m. - Simultaneous, hour-long fitness and cooking demonstrations.

MVH will also have healthy refreshments, free giveaways and a raffle. Seating is limited; must RSVP for MVH events by calling, 724-258-1333.

On Thursday, Feb. 25. at Canonsburg Hospital, these Go Red events will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. in the McNary Conference Center, 100 Medical Boulevard, Canonsburg, Pa., 15317:

1 – 1:45 p.m. - Heart healthy nutrition, Melisa Fabyonic, 30 minute presentation followed by a question and answer session

1:45 – 2 p.m. - Healthcare at Home, Lauree Criss, director of Transitional Care

2 – 2:45 p.m. - Heart Health, J. Travis Wilson, M.D., cardiologist, 30 minute presentation followed by a question and answer session

3 – 3:45 p.m. - Silver Sneakers, Tanieccia Betty, 3 to 3:45 p.m.
All attending the Canonsburg Go Red event will be eligible to win a Nutri-Bullet; can relax with chair massages from Tyson Swigart, D.C., Southpointe Chiropractic; participate in free health screenings and enjoy event giveaways.

Washington Health System (WHS) events will be held Feb. 25 and 28.

Thursday, Feb. 25, Go Red Washington Health System events at Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center, 240 Wellness Way, Washington, PA 15301.

6 a.m. - Triathlon for employees and members
Two prizes will be awarded, one for the triathalon winners and one for the team that raises the most money for the AHA.

6 p.m. - Zumbathon
Membership not required, open to the public. $5 minimum donation. Free gift to all who attend.

Sunday, Feb. 28, Painting for a purpose event at Painting with a Twist, 76 Old Mill Blvd., Washington, PA 15301.

1 – 4 p.m. - Strokes for Strokes
Open to the public. $35/person. Easy online registration through Washington Painting with a Twist's website. Free snacks and refreshments provided by Markook Mediterranean. Chinese auctions and raffle tickets will be available for purchase. Proceeds will go to American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

Washington will also sell Go Red T-shirts and provide free blood pressure screenings in February at the Wellness Center.

All three Chief Executive Officers said they were very pleased to offer the community such important educational opportunities in a family-oriented, fun setting.

"This event was well-received by the community last year and Go Red Washington County is one of our many efforts that fulfills our mission to improve the health of the residents of the mid-Mon Valley," said Louis J. Panza Jr., president and CEO of Monongahela Valley Hospital. "Knowledge is power and we are so glad to work together on this effort to help empower our residents to make changes, even small ones, for better heart health."

"We're pleased to participate in this family-friendly event that brings together a great group of experts on heart health and healthy living," said Canonsburg Hospital President and CEO Jane Sarra. "At Canonsburg Hospital, we are committed to providing opportunities such as the Go Red event to residents of our community, to help them become more aware of the advantages of a heart-healthy lifestyle, and to be more proactive about their health."

"We share a deep commitment to promoting good heart health in our local communities," said Gary B. Weinstein, president and CEO of Washington Health System. "And we are delighted to participate in Go Red Washington County again this year with Canonsburg and Mon Valley hospitals."

Go Red Washington County is for men and women is held in conjunction with The American Heart Association's "Go Red for Women" campaign which promotes heart health for women.

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