Lexington Medical Center is pleased to introduce 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 Learn CPR. As part of the innovative program, Lexington Medical Center is partnering with Midlands businesses to provide free heart health events including exercise classes and stress relief activities throughout the month of February.
Community members can sign up for free classes and activities at www.lexmed.com/take5. The events include fitness classes, bowling at Anchor Lanes, volunteering at Pawmetto Lifeline and the Harvest Hope Food Bank, golf at Rawl’s Creek Golf, an olive oil and vinegar tasting at The Classy Cruet, cooking demonstrations with Charleston Cooks, salsa and tango classes with Vista Ballroom, a Riverwalk tour with Palmetto Outdoors, ice skating and roller skating at Plex Indoor Sports, tickets to University of South Carolina basketball games, a grocery store tour to learn about healthy food shopping and lessons about plants at Riverbanks Botanical Garden. 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.
“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.
The idea is to educate our community about heart health and encourage people to lead a heart-healthy life through exercise, education and minimizing stress. Heart disease is an epidemic in South Carolina. One out of every three deaths in our state is related to cardiovascular disease. 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. Each participant must sign up in advance. Class space is limited and classes will close when they reach capacity.
During the month of February, you can also see Lexington Medical Center’s 2014 heart commercial. The 60 second spot, produced by Lexington Medical Center, personifies a heart attack and educates viewers about heart attack symptoms in women. The commercial is a continuation of last year’s heart commercial, “I Am A Heart Attack.” You can view both commercials on YouTube.com/LexingtonMedical.
The campaign will culminate with an interactive Heart Fair on Sunday, March 2 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel at the intersection of Interstate 20 and Bush River Road in Columbia.
Here are five ways that you can Take 5 for Heart Health:
• Eat every 3 to 5 hours during the day to avoid overeating at mealtimes.
• Use simple breathing techniques to lower your heart rate and blood pressure.
• Strive for 30 minutes or more of moderate physical activity on most days of the week.
• When it comes to heart attack and stroke, call 911 instead of driving yourself or a loved one to an emergency department.
• Learn CPR. It can save a life.