Do Your Part; Know Your Heart!

February is American Heart Month, and there’s no better time to get to know your heart a little better and learn a few ways to keep it healthy! After all, it’s the only one you have. The most important step you can take to protect your heart is understanding your own individual risks for heart disease. Take a free heart health risk assessment. Did you know there’s a type of fat you shouldn’t cut back on in your diet? Where does all the sodium in your diet come from? And ladies, let’s make sure you are all aware of the silent heart attack. Don’t wait, learn more about your heart health today.

Heart Month Scavenger Hunt Continues; Participate for Ski Passes

Pictured, bottom left, Melissa Gardner, plastic surgery, and top right, Scott Beddia, LPN, plastic surgery.

The #oneheart scavenger hunt continues during Heart Month. Congratulations to our first round of winners who will enjoy their Wachusett Mountain lift passes! There are still 10 #oneheart tote bags up for grabs! This week, keep your eyes peeled for hidden hearts on our University Campus (fifth floor and various clinics in our Ambulatory Care Center building). Meanwhile, over at our Memorial Campus, look for the hidden red heart bags on the first and fifth floors. Did you find a heart? Look inside, read the heart-smart tip, and then follow the directions on the card inside to win! Winners will receive two lift passes to Wachusett Mountain!

Heart Month Fun: Win Lift Tickets to Wachusett Mountain

Join in on a fun Heart Month scavenger hunt to win lift tickets to Wachusett Mountain while learning ways to keep your heart healthy. Look for the hidden red heart bags around our Medical Center campuses. Read the heart tip then follow the directions on the card inside to win. The hunt starts Friday, February 9. Other Heart Month happenings:

  • What is your risk for heart disease? Take our risk assessment.
  • What kind of fat should you not cut back? How can you burn calories without exercise? What are the highs and lows of blood pressure? Visit our website.
  • Visit myHealth Matters for activities that can help lower your risk of heart disease through mindfulness, healthy eating and exercise.

Do Your Part, Know Your Heart; Learn More through Our Infographics! 

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There’s no better time than during Heart Month to get to know your heart a little better (and learn a few ways to keep it healthy)! After all, it’s the only one you have. Don’t wait, check out these infographics on heart health today.

  • salt-shakerDid you know there’s a type of fat you shouldn’t cut back on in your diet?
  • Where does all the sodium in your diet come from?
  • And ladies, let’s make sure you are all aware of the silent heart attack.

Ask Our Expert a Question about Preventing Heart Disease Gentile

Dr. Gentile

Dr. Gentile

Are there foods I can eat to prevent heart disease? How can I lower my blood pressure? What can I do if my cholesterol is high? How about drinking wine, is that good for my heart? This is your opportunity to ask Bryon Gentile, MD, cardiology, your questions about preventing heart disease. Submit your question during American Heart Month, and we’ll post answers at the end of February. There’s no better time to raise awareness about ways to prevent heart disease than right now.

Check out the Big Photo Reveal for Promoting Heart Month!

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Employees gathered for a photo shoot for the American Heart Month campaign. Below, Carlos Carmona from facilities hangs the banner in lobby on the Memorial Campus.

Our employees gathered for a photo shoot for create artwork for the American Heart Month campaign. Below, Carlos Carmona from facilities hangs the banner in lobby on the Memorial Campus.
About 100 UMass Memorial Health Care employees gathered recently for a photo and formed a huge human heart to promote American Heart Month. The group photo was used to create three banners hanging-up-the-banner-memorial-(2)that were signed last week by hundreds of our employees to support Heart Month.
The banners will hang near the entrances of Hahnemann, Memorial and University campuses. UMass Memorial is planning a month-long campaign to raise awareness of risk factors, prevention and procedures to help Central Massachusetts residents live healthier lives. Get started today by downloading our 28 Days to Heart Health Calendar. Quick facts: Did you know that in Massachusetts, heart disease is the number two killer and that someone in the United States has a heart attack every 34 seconds?

Go Red for Women Is Friday; Share Photos on Facebook!

GoRed-web-banner-2UMass Memorial Health Care is participating in National Wear Red Day, Friday, February 5. Wear red to raise awareness to help save women’s lives, and post your staff pictures on our Facebook page. The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign raises awareness of heart disease. And if you think it’s predominantly a man’s disease, think again. According to the Go Red campaign: “Heart disease and stroke cause one in three deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds.  Fortunately, we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action.”

Unite to Fight Heart Disease; Sign Our Banner Today and Tomorrow!

heart-balloonShow your commitment to heart health. Head to the cafeterias on our Hahnemann, Memorial and University campuses today and tomorrow, January 27 and 28, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, to sign a banner that shows your support for healthy hearts. The banners will be hung near the main entrances of our Hahnemann, Memorial and University campuses for the month of February to celebrate American Heart Month. Stayed tuned for more updates and tips in News & Views and OurNet!

A Picture That’s Worth a 1,000 Words – And Why! 

heart-month-peopleWhat could be happening in this picture? You’ll find out more in February during American Heart Month. Hint: About 100 employees wearing red from across our system gathered to “unite to fight heart disease.” The final photo taken will be used throughout February as our health care system promotes heart health. Thanks to all who took time out of their schedules to take part in photo shoot.

Want to Be in Pictures (and for Great Cause)?

hands heart monthHere’s your chance. Come to the Medical School lobby, University Campus, today at 11:15 am for about 20 minutes. Be part of a special large group photo shoot that will be used to promote Heart Month at the Medical Center in February. About 100 people are needed to form the shape of a heart. Participants will receive red hats and giveaways, and will be entered into a gift bag drawing!