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Local women 'Go Red' at hospital event

  • Women enjoy a heart-healthy dinner and wine tasting at Go Red For Women.

    Women enjoy a heart-healthy dinner and wine tasting at Go Red For Women.
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  • From left, National Honor Society students Lauryn Vasquez and Shea Petrowske with Mariah Bargman, community relations coordinator for the hospital.

    From left, National Honor Society students Lauryn Vasquez and Shea Petrowske with Mariah Bargman, community relations coordinator for the hospital.
    Courtesy of Memorial Hospital

 
Submitted by Mariah Bargman, Memorial Hospital
updated: 2/28/2019 4:46 PM

Memorial Hospital recognized American Heart Health Month by hosting a "Go Red For Women, Wine and Dine" event on Feb. 21 at the Chester Country Club.

Attendees enjoyed complementary wine samples, poured by Eric Winters with PRP Wine, and a delicious heart healthy meal, provided by Memorial's Dietary Department.

Guest speaker Christina Kraus, ANP Prairie Cardiovascular, presented information on "A Health Coach's Guide to Achieving a Healthy Lifestyle", and educated the audience on strategies to make healthy changes and achieve your personal vision of a true health.

Melissa Soellner, Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist, spoke on how and why we eat, provided tips to be confident and comfortable with food choices and how to be flexible with her presentation titled, "Don't Break up with Food".

Memorial Hospital staff from the Chester Clinic & Steeleville Family Practice alked with patrons on the Patient Portal and help them sign-up for the digital tool. The Cardiopulmonary Department presented information on the Sleep Lab and at home sleep studies.

Staff from the Radiology Department also attended to present information on Memorial's lung screening program and the Nursing Department performed blood pressure checks.

The evening was capped off with prize giveaways provided by PRP Wine and Memorial. Students from Chester High School's National Honor Society donated their time to help at the event. The students were presented a monetary donation from Memorial Hospital.

The "Go Red For Women" campaign encourages awareness of the issue of women and heart disease, and taking action to save more lives. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power women have to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease.

It challenges them to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them the tools they need to lead a heart healthy life.