Free Screenings, Education, Meditation, Tai Chi
On Friday, February 3rd, NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County held a lively “GO RED for WOMEN” event with more than 200 members of the Kings County Community. The event included activities to help promote relaxation and mental health wellness, including meditation and Tai Chi exercise demonstrations.
This annual event, held in partnership with the American Heart Association (AHA), focused on raising awareness of the impact of heart disease on women. According to the AHA, heart disease is the number one killer of women. Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year – more than all cancers combined. However, 80 percent of cardiac deaths could be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.
In addition to staff from all disciplines and departments, key participants included: Ernest J. Baptiste, CEO; Opal Sinclair-Chung, Chief Nursing Officer; Howard Levitt, MD, Chief, Cardiology; Wendy Wilcox, MD, Chief, Ob-Gyn; Michael Mendeszoon, MD, Chief, Perioperative Services; Suzette Graham-Hill, MD, Cardiology; and Samy McFarlane, MD, Pulmonology. Participants signed “healthy heart” pledges to make changes in their lifestyle over the coming year – the pledges will be posted up throughout the campus. They participated in: free heart risk assessments; stroke education; blood pressure screening; nutrition education; and free flu shots. MetroPlus Health Plan provided information on low-cost health insurance options.