Residents of Miramichi Region Asked to Celebrate Heart

February is listed as “Heart Month” in the Health Canada calendar of monthly celebrations. The Cardiac Wellness Department at the Miramichi Regional Health Authority is organizing activities to commemorate the month and create awareness of the importance of heart disease prevention.

“The activities we have planned during the month of February are to help people remember how important it is to take care of their heart,” says Cardiac Wellness Program Co-ordinator and nurse, Jacqueline Savoie.

Helping to start the month off, on January 29, the Cardiac Wellness team will be at Sobey’s in Douglastown in the morning and Atlantic Superstore in Miramichi West. The team will be doing blood pressure checks and blood glucose readings for the public.

Then, on February 1, residents of the region are encouraged to wear red to join the fight against heart disease and create awareness by taking steps to prevent the disease such as being not smoking, enjoying healthy meals and being physically active.

The public has asked for information sessions on topics related to heart disease and on Feb. 1 and Feb. 8, the public is invited to the Highland Theatre at the Miramichi Regional Hospital to hear professionals speak on Heart Healthy Eating, Keeping Your Heart Fit with Exercise and Stress and Your Heart. The sessions will be held in English on Thursday, Feb. 1 and in French on Thursday, Feb. 8. The sessions start at 7pm both evenings.

As an added feature to the business community, the Cardiac Wellness Team will be inviting workplaces and organizations to register for a visit. During the week of Feb. 19, while at the workplace, the team will be doing blood pressure checks, blood glucose and cholesterol readings. Workplaces must register before Feb. 14. A maximum of 10 employees per workplace will be screened due to time constraints.

For more information on any of these events, or to register for the information sessions and the workplace visit, please call (506)623-6166.

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