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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 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.

This Way To A Healthier Gym

Health Directions, the fitness and wellness gym backed by Lexington Medical Center, is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year.

Health Directions shows that all gyms are not created equal. The certified staff provides personal training and classes for all fitness levels, with workouts that are safe and effective. State-of-the-art equipment, easy-to-access convenience and healthier fitness options – all backed by the expertise of Lexington Medical Center. And all for a healthier you.

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These perks are included with membership:
~Annual health screenings for members and spouses, including lipid profile and body composition
~Specialized exercise prescription by certified health fitness specialists
~Personalized nutrition coaching from a registered dietitian
~Automated blood pressure machines
~Health education classes

Call (803) 791 – 2113 for a free week trial membership. Health Directions is open seven days a week at 3239 Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia. Visit LMCHealthDirections.com

Pineapple Green Smoothie

LMC Dietitian Donna Quirk says this smoothie recipe is great for a breakfast on the go. It combines lean protein, fiber, fruits and vegetables to power you through a busy morning.

She talked about it today on WLTX with morning news anchor Lionel Moise.
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News co-anchors Lionel and Ashley liked them so much that they drank them on set.
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INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/3 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1 cup baby spinach
1 cup frozen banana slices (about 1 medium banana)
1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1-2 teaspoons pure maple syrup or honey (optional)

Mix together in blender. Enjoy!

Serving Size: about 1 1/2 cups

Active Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes