WHH 2013 Heart Smart Days

WINTER HAVEN, Fla – January 28, 2013 – Winter Haven Hospital's Bostick Heart Center will host a series of educational and health screening events in conjunction with the hospital's annual Heart Smart Days that recognize February as American Heart Month.

Winter Haven Hospital's Heart Smart Days is presented in part by Curves® of Winter Haven. Curves offers the Curves Complete™ program. Curves Complete is a specially designed, weight loss program that combines diet, exercise, and motivation to help individuals reach weight loss goals.

Here is a rundown of Heart Smart Days activities:

An Affair of the Heart Ladies Luncheon will be held Friday, February 1 at noon. The event will be held at the Regency Center for Women & Infant's in the Wellness Classroom. The speaker will be Sirisha P. Reddy, M.D., a cardiologist who practices at Winter Haven Hospital's Bostick Heart Center. Enjoy lunch and fellowship and learn about heart health. Admission is free, but space is limited. Registration is required.

Health Fair and Free Screenings. Saturday, Feb. 16, 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Participants will have the opportunity to obtain a comprehensive personal health risk assessment for heart disease. This will include blood tests and other measurements that help predict heart disease risk. Ankle/brachial index tests will be offered to test for peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Admission is free, but the cost is $35 for those taking blood tests. Participants should fast for 12 hours before having their blood drawn (but take all medications with a sip of water). The event will be held in Winter Haven Hospital’s Volunteer Auxiliary Grande Lobby. Registration is required for the comprehensive risk assessment

Evening Community Lecture. Thursday, Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m. Lecture presented by Gary Johnson, M.D., Winter Haven Hospital Bostick Heart Center cardiologist. The event will be held in the hospital’s main campus Auditorium. Admission is free, but space is limited. Registration is recommended.

Holly Hughes, coordinator of development, marketing and PR support services for Winter Haven Hospital, said sponsorship opportunities for Heart Smart Days remain available.

“We are very grateful to our sponsor, Curves of Winter Haven. All three events will benefit hundreds of participants and it’s our sponsors who help make that possible,” Hughes said.

To register for these events, call the Winter Haven Hospital Health Connection Line at 863-291-6705 or 800-416-6705. To learn about sponsorship opportunities for this and other Foundation events, call Holly Hughes at 863-292-4138.

About Winter Haven Hospital

Established in 1926, Winter Haven Hospital serves as the major medical center for east Polk and Highlands counties and the U.S. Highway 27 / Ridge Corridor. The 527-bed hospital is a locally owned and operated not-for-profit organization. The hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on accreditation for Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and has more than 300 board-certified physicians on its medical staff representing every major specialty. Affiliated with the University of Florida College of Medicine/Shands Healthcare, Winter Haven Hospital also is the home of Bostick Heart Center, the Cassidy Cancer Center, the Regency Center for Women and Infants, the Center for Urology and the Robotics Institute, a nationally accredited Stroke Center and the nationally accredited Joy-Fuller Rehab Center. The hospital has been recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) with the prestigious designation of Magnet status, recognition granted to only 5 percent of the nation’s hospitals. The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy has recognized Winter Haven Hospital’s Endoscopy Unit for promoting quality in endoscopy. With more than 2,500 employees, Winter Haven Hospital is east Polk County’s largest private employer and has been recognized for four consecutive years by Polk Works Workforce 2020 as one of the county’s best places to work. For more information, please visit our Web site at www.winterhavenhospital.org.

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