Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will host a Healthy Heart Fair to showcase its new Million Hearts Project at a celebration to be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at the John Duke Center, 1201 Hyde Park Blvd., Niagara Falls.
"Nursing students from Niagara University who have been certified with Million Hearts will join Memorial staff members to evaluate and educate about heart healthy behaviors such as proper nutrition, exercise and stress relief strategies," said Memorial Medical Center Community Ambassador Carey Shanley. "Our Million Hearts Day will feature children's activities, health screenings and interactive displays along with doctors, nurses and staff specialists."
Representatives from the new cardiac catheterization lab at The Heart Center of Niagara will be available to talk about its importance to Niagara County residents, while yoga and tai chi demonstrations will take place throughout the afternoon. The Niagara Falls Fire Department will be on hand as will dozens of vendors - all focused on promoting heart health and preventing heart disease.
Also on hand will be co-sponsor United Healthcare's mascot Healthy Hound, along with the new mascot for The Heart Center of Niagara.
The Healthy Heart Fair will be held in conjunction with Face to Face Community Day, which is an afternoon of community sharing, artistic expression and speakers featuring musical guests Tim Bowman and WUFO Radio. Face to Face will take place outdoors in the spacious arena of Sal Maglie Stadium. It will showcase community groups and what they offer to help the community.
The Million Hearts project is part of a national campaign spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It strives to reduce illness and death from heart attack and stroke through community engagement and the use of a select set of evidence-based public health and clinical strategies.
The project's implementation is designed to lead to measurable improvements in cardiovascular disease outcomes across Niagara County, complement Memorial's cardiovascular care offerings by increasing awareness about heart disease prevention, and empower community members to better control their own heart health.
To learn more, call 716-278-4570.