Phoebe Celebrates American Heart Month

Staff Report From Albany CEO

Monday, February 12th, 2018

Phoebe is celebrating American Heart Month with multiple events throughout February. Getting screened and being active are two of the most important ways to manage heart health.
Celebrated since 1963, Heart Month is one of the oldest campaigns aimed at raising awareness about heart disease – the number one cause of death for American men and women. It is also one of the most preventable diseases.  Through education and a healthy lifestyle, you can lower your risk of heart disease. To help combat this deadly disease, Phoebe is inviting the community to the following free events:
· Love Your Heart
Get your blood pressure screened at Albany Mall on Valentine’s Day, February 14, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Knowing your numbers can motivate you to make changes to improve your health and reduce your risk of developing heart disease or another serious illness.
· Learn for Your Heart
In partnership with the City of Albany and the American Red Cross, Phoebe Network of Trust will teach attendees core CPR skills, in less than 30 minutes. The community event is at the Albany Civic Center on Saturday, February 17, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
· Dance for Your Heart
One of the major risk factors for heart disease is physical inactivity. Dance for Your Heart is a free event for the whole family. Event participants will dance with Zumba instructors from Studio V-Fit, line-dance with DJ Dollar Bill, and learn yoga from Sol Power Yoga. The dance party is from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Saturday, February 24, at Albany State University’s West Campus Student Center.
To kick off heart month and in recognition of the ongoing fight against heart disease, earlier today Albany Mayor, Dorothy Hubbard signed a proclamation designating February 2018 as American Heart Month in Albany. The proclamation urges all citizens to recognize the critical importance of knowing the risks for heart disease and how to prevent it.

The Heart Month events are held in partnership between Phoebe, Albany State University, Albany Fire Department and Police Department, American Red Cross, City of Albany, Dougherty County Health Department and Network of Trust.
For more information on any of Phoebe’s Heart Month events, call 229-312-4620.