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Take 5 for Heart Health

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to begin its “Take 5 for Heart Health” campaign for February. “Take 5 for Heart Health” encourages community members to take time for their heart health with five key elements: Eat Right, Chill Out, Get Moving, Call 911 and Know the Facts. As part of the innovative program, Lexington Medical Center is partnering with Midlands businesses to provide free, fun heart health events including exercise classes and stress relief activities throughout the month of February. You can begin signing up for the classes and events today, January 28, 2015,at 5:00 p.m. at www.LexMed.com/Take5.
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The free events include golf at Rawls Creek Golf and Mid Carolina Club, an olive oil and vinegar tasting at The Classy Cruet, cooking demonstrations with Charleston Cooks, ice skating and roller skating at Plex Indoor Sports in Irmo and Sandhills, a grocery store tour to learn about healthy food shopping, a moonlight paddle on Lake Murray in a canoe, a Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve hike with Phoenix Adventures, Stacked Fitness boot camp, SKA Dance Fitness classes, Columbia Museum of Art passes, Columbia Classical Ballet Company Swan Lake tickets, meditation with Vital Energy, Broadway in Columbia tickets to Flashdance at the Koger Center for the Arts, a Lunch & Learn on sodium and potassium, volunteering at Pawmetto Lifeline and the Harvest Hope Food Bank, and 8K road race training with Fleet Feet Sports. And that’s just the beginning. Participants at the classes and events are encouraged to wear red as a sign of support for spreading the message about heart health.

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“We’re thrilled with the response we’ve had from our business partners to provide important heart health education to our community,” said Barbara Willm, vice president of Community Relations at Lexington Medical Center. “Heart disease is an epidemic in South Carolina. One out of every three deaths in our state is related to cardiovascular disease. The “Take 5 for Heart Health” campaign educates our community about heart health and encourages people to lead a heart-healthy life through exercise, education and minimizing stress.”

Heart disease has been the #1 killer of women since 1910. More women die of heart disease than men, and 64% of women who die of a heart attack did not know they were at serious risk. It’s important for women to follow up with their physicians regularly.

Lexington Medical Center is dedicated to treating heart disease with comprehensive cardiovascular care.

For a full list of events, visit www.LexMed.com/Take5. Businesses can sign up to offer free classes and participants can register on the website. Participants must sign up in advance. Class space is limited, and classes will close when they reach capacity.

The “Take 5 for Heart Health” campaign will culminate with an interactive Heart Fair on Sunday, March 1 from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel at the intersection of Interstate 20 and Bush River Road in Columbia. Attendees can learn about the latest cardiovascular technology, taste heart-healthy foods, attend mini-lectures by physicians on cardiovascular topics, have a chair massage, take a citizen CPR class and receive a blood pressure screening.

New Year, New You! Learn About Facial Rejuvenation

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to present its January physician lecture, “New Year, New You: Aesthetic Facial Rejuvenation Resolutions,” on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. inside the Lexington Medical Park 1 Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public. It’s part of the hospital’s monthly physician lecture series on health topics that are important to our community.

Dr. Todd Lefkowitz, Lexington Plastic Surgery

Dr. Todd Lefkowitz, Lexington Plastic Surgery

Dr. Todd Lefkowitz of Lexington Plastic Surgery, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, will be the featured speaker. A West Columbia native, Dr. Lefkowitz graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and completed a general surgery residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in Manhattan. Then, he attended the University of Louisville for further formal training in plastic surgery, learning the latest aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgical techniques. Dr. Lefkowitz also completed a highly competitive aesthetic surgery fellowship in New York City, focusing on cosmetic surgery of the face, breast and body. Dr. Lefkowitz is dual board certified in general surgery and plastic surgery.

During the lecture, Dr. Lefkowitz will address plastic surgery procedures ranging from Botox injections to facelifts.

To learn more about Dr. Lefkowitz and his practice, visit LexPlasticSurgery.com.

Lexington Medical Center offers a monthly physician lecture series on a variety of pertinent health topics. For more information on upcoming lectures, visit LexMed.com.