Thursday, February 4, 2010

MCDH Promotes The Lady In Red

The McHenry County Department of Health joins the American Heart Association Friday in its nationwide campaign “Go Red for Women”, to encourage Americans to wear red in support of women’s heart health awareness.  Anyone can participate by showing off a favorite red dress, shirt, scarf, tie or Red Dress pin, according to spokesman Deborah Quackenbush.  Cardiovascular disease is the primary killer among women claiming more than 500,000 lives each year, she said.

To empower women  to take charge of their health, the AHA has created the “My Life Check” health assessment tool to help Americans take steps to change their behavior and reach personal health goals. You can find it here:
http://mylifecheck.heart.org
 
The Web site also describes “Life’s Simple 7” which focuses on ways to improve health – controlling cholesterol, managing blood pressure, reducing blood sugar, stop smoking and making a plan to eat better and lose weight.  Each health factor is a clickable tab.

MCDH is offering a cardiovascular screening on Thursday, Feb. 18, from 8:30 to 11 am, at McHenry County College.  The screening requires a 12-hour fast and includes total cholesterol (HDL and LDL), fasting blood sugar, triglycerides and blood pressure measures and cardiovascular education.  New this year is a body composition analysis.  Call MCDH at 815-334-4536 to schedule an appointment. The cost is $35.00. 

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