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Thursday, January 31, 2013 - Fighting Heart Disease: Events Raise Awareness

Fighting Heart Disease: Events Raise Awareness
February features a series of fundraisers, activities, and screenings

During American Heart Month in February, Munson Medical Center and partnering organizations will feature a series of events under the theme “Heart to Heart” to raise awareness about heart disease. Following is a rundown of the events:

Thursday, Jan. 31
Little Bohemia Fundraiser, 5 - 8 pm
Little Bohemia will donate 15 percent of sales during a special benefit for Munson’s Heart Health. The benefit features acoustic music from Three Hour Tour, Billy Strings and Don Julin, and free appetizers. Little Bohemia is located at 540 W. Front St. in Traverse City.

Friday, Feb. 1
National Wear Red Day
The American Heart Association has designated Feb. 1 as National Wear Red Day to raise awareness about the fight against heart disease in women. Area residents are encouraged to wear red to work, to play, or wherever else the day’s schedule leads.

Thursday, Feb. 7
Women’s Cardiac Awareness Group, 7 - 8:30 pm
An awareness group for women who have lived through a cardiac event or who just want to learn more about heart disease meets at the Dr. William W. Kitti Education Center in Kalkaska the first Thursday of each month. For more information, call 1-888-838-9160.

Monday, Feb. 11
An Owner’s Guide for Your Heart – 2013 Edition, 6 - 7:30 pm
Cardiologist Dino Recchia, M.D., F.A.C.C., will discuss practical ways to prevent and manage heart disease during a program at Munson Medical Center’s Conference Rooms 1 - 3. Refreshments will be served and registration is required. There is no charge to attend. For more information and to register, call 1-888-838-9160. Munson Medical Center is located at 1105 Sixth St. in Traverse City.

Weeks of Feb. 18 and 25
Heart to Heart – Now for Women and Men, Appointment Needed
Participants will receive a one-on-one screening, assessment, and education. Tests include blood pressure, body mass index, blood sugar and cholesterol, stress and depression levels, nutrition review, smoking and alcohol assessments, and a review of family medical history. Participants will leave with a personalized action plan including risk factor reduction materials and steps for improving heart health. Cost is $55. Grants are available through a two-question approval process. To make an appointment, call (231) 935-8561.