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Lima Memorial Encourage Youth to Be Heart Smart

Lima Memorial Encourage Youth to Be Heart Smart

posted on: 2/6/2020 5:25:51 PM

Lima Memorial will be hosting a heart-healthy school program for 160 St. Charles Elementary School students to kick off American Heart Month and in support of the National Wear Red Day on Monday, February 10 at 1 p.m. Multiple departments from Lima Memorial will come together to teach and interact with St. Charles students, showing them the benefits of being heart-healthy. Students will be able to participate in a variety of interactive stations including a hands-only CPR demonstration, how to create a heart-healthy meal and topping it off with a fun and interactive exercise routine.

“We are extremely excited about the opportunity to visit and share more about being Heart Smart with St. Charles students, stated Jessica Cunningham, RN Clinical Manager Cardiac Catheterization Lab and CIU. “It is so important for us to engage youth with education and instilling heart-healthy habits at an early age.”

Marilyn Bryant, St. Charles School Nurse, stated, “We are so thankful to partner with Lima Memorial to offer this excellent program to our students. The students are excited and really more impressionable at this age, so we can get ahead of the game by educating them on the importance of living a heart-healthy lifestyle”.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, one in four deaths are caused by heart disease. The good news is heart disease can be prevented when people make healthy choices. Through education and lifestyle changes, a person can lower their risk by as much as 80 percent. Educating children at a very young age is key to instilling lifelong heart-healthy habits that will promote good health and well-being into their adulthood.

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