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Heart & Sole Training Begins This Weekend!

On your marks, get set, go! The official 10-week training plan for the Lexington Medical Center Heart & Sole Women’s 5 Miler begins this weekend. A great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is to take care of your heart by committing to a fitness plan that will help keep your heart healthy.

H&SThe Lexington Medical Center Heart & Sole Women’s 5 Miler will take place April 25 at 8:30 a.m. in Finlay Park. A 10-week, self-paced training program begins this Sunday, February 15. The free plan includes online tips and advice from a trainer at Health Directions, Lexington Medical Center’s fitness and wellness gym. Download the training schedule at

Lexington Medical Center is the new sponsor of the Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler. A women’s only event held in downtown Columbia, the race features a five-mile run, a five-mile walk and a three-mile walk.

“We’re proud to host the Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler because it not only encourages physical activity a healthy lifestyle, it also calls attention to the issue of heart disease — the biggest health threat women face today,” said Dr. Jeffrey Travis, heart surgeon with Lexington Cardiovascular Surgery.

The Carolina Marathon Association launched the state’s first women’s only road race in South Carolina in 2002. The Heart & Sole event grew from fewer than 400 female participants its first year to more than 2,300 in 2014. Sponsored in conjunction with WIS News 10, the race offers women of all athletic abilities the opportunity to participate in a comforting, supportive environment. Elite athletes, as well as first-timers, enjoy the unique event that offers a red rose at the finish line and special refreshments that include chocolate-covered strawberries.

For more information about the event or to register, visit

In addition to the free online training, there are other training options:

Strictly Running
8-week training program begins March 8
$90, includes twice-weekly group training sessions
Register at:

You can also find information, inspiration and motivation for the race on Lexington Medical Center’s Facebook page ( and on Instagram at RunWithAmanda. “Amanda” is Amanda Castles, a personal trainer at Health Directions, who will offer training tips from now until race day.

And, follow women in training on, a blog that’s part of Lexington Medical Center. Women bloggers are training for their first five-mile race and will chronicle the highs and lows of their journey to become runners. They’ll follow the online training program offered by the hospital and share their experience. Follow them at and click on the Heart & Sole Training tab. The blog will also include training tips, education, motivation and inspiration from running experts.

LMC to Offer Free Heart-Health Screenings

Lexington Medical Center will offer free heart-health screenings on Thursday, February 19, 2015 on the hospital campus in West Columbia as part of the inaugural Statewide Screening Day, organized by the Heart2Heart Foundation. The screenings will include lipid profile, blood glucose, blood pressure, body mass index (BMI) and a heart health risk assessment.

cardiology3The screenings are open to men and women and will take place inside the Lexington Medical Park 1 Auditorium located at 2728 Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia from 7:30 – 10:30 a.m. Fasting is required. All participants must make an appointment for a screening. You can do that by calling Lexington Medical Center’s Community Outreach department at (803) 936-8850 or by visiting and looking for the screening information there.

“Lexington Medical Center is committed to helping members of our community be heart healthy, teaching them about their risk factors for heart disease and working with them to prevent heart attacks,” said Barbara Willm, Vice President of Community Relations at Lexington Medical Center. “These important screenings have the ability to save lives, and we’re pleased to offer them.”

The goal of Statewide Screening Day by the Heart2Heart Foundation is to cover the entire state of South Carolina with heart screenings on February 19. Organizers want to bring more attention to heart disease, educate communities about prevention, and show participants how to talk to their doctor about symptoms or risk factors.

shutterstock_200040200Heart disease is an epidemic in South Carolina. One out of every three deaths in our state is related to cardiovascular disease. Heart disease is also the #1 killer of men and women. Lexington Medical Center offers a comprehensive cardiovascular care program that includes open heart surgery and therapeutic cardiac catheterizations. The hospital’s heart program is affiliated with Duke Medicine.

Lexington Medical Center is also committed to a robust heart-health education program in our community. All this month, the hospital is offering “Take 5 for Heart Health,” a heart disease campaign that’s part of Heart Disease Awareness Month. This screening is part of the campaign. With “Take 5 for Heart Health,” community members can sign up for free classes and events with heart-healthy activities from fitness to relaxation, and attend free educational events. For more information, visit