First Row: lt. to rt.: Erica Maloney, JSBIA Marketing Manager; Brenda Fitzgerald, WCA Hospital Senior Cardiology Nurse; Carol Drake, Heart, Health & Humor event participant; JoAnn Catalano, Angie Peck and Carla Howie, Cummins Engine Plant Women's Affinity Group. Back row: lt. To rt.: Kevin Saff, Jamestown Area Medical Associates Executive Director; Karen Winterburn, Nurse Practitioner, Lane Women's Health Group; Christin Harris, Cummins Engine Plant Women's Affinity Group. An Evening of Heart, Health & Humor raised $3,700 to support local heart education and JSBIA Cool Walking Track.
A recent event, An Evening Of Heart, Health and Humor held at the Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena (JSBIA), attracted more than 400 participants and raised $3,700 to benefit heart education and the JSBIA Cool Walking Track. The event was part of the WCA Hospital's Heart Center's Steps To A Healthier Heart Program, which is designed to educate the community on heart disease risks factors and prevention.
The event took place March 1st at the Arena and was co-sponsored by the Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena, SYSCO Food Services of Jamestown, Jamestown Area Medical Associates, Lane Women's Health Group, Cummins Jamestown Engine Plant Women's Affinity Group, in partnership with WCA Hospital, Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Center, Robert Mazza Winery, Tanglewood Manor, WCA Heart Center, and the WCA Wellness Program.
"It was another resounding success," said Patricia Eckwahl, WCA Hospital Director of Public Relations and Marketing, and event chair. "We want to thank all of our major contributors, community partners and sponsors, The Unexpected GUESTS, and our vendors and volunteers who were the key to our successful evening. Community events like this are crucial in building awareness and our local businesses, once again, demonstrated their commitment in helping us raise awareness in the fight against women's heart disease."
More than 35 vendors and healthcare professionals were on-site and provided an evening of pampering and fun for women while highlighting Wear Red Day, a national initiative to raise awareness of the importance of heart health in women.
"The evening's performance of the Unexpected GUESTS, helped us realize the importance of humor in our lives," said Toni DeAngelo, R.N., WCA Hospital wellness director. "Laughter, along with an active sense of humor, may actually help protect individuals against a heart attack, according to a new study by cardiologists at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. The researchers found that people with heart disease were 40 percent less likely to laugh in a variety of situations compared to people of the same age without heart disease. The beauty of these findings is that anyone willing to enjoy a laugh can benefit from its therapeutic effects. Our guest performers were comedic treasures. Their blend of comedy appealed to all ages and was a wonderful fit in understanding that laughter truly is the best medicine."
Complimentary heart risk assessments and blood pressure screenings drew hundreds to an all-new heart education exhibit center at the event. Under the new venue, local healthcare professionals educated women on the risk factors for heart disease, gave participants the opportunity to be screened for those risk factors, and discussed ways to lead active, heart-healthy lives. The Center also featured exhibits on diabetes and nutrition management; tobacco cessation; physical and occupational therapy programs; heart-healthy cooking samples; fitness education; and sleep medicine information.
Expert guests physicians, James Cirbus, M.D., Cardiologist; George So, M.D., Cardiologist; and Frank Arnal, M.D., Internal Medicine; shared the latest on heart health and recent alerts.
Special appearances from The Y-Guy, official mascot of the YMCA, and WCA Hospital's Cardioman, delighted participants with heart healthy humor and team spirit.
Three year event participant, Carol Drake, said, "I just love the local event. I keep coming back! I really enjoyed the new heart education center this year, where I discovered lots of valuable information about heart disease including the warning signs for women."
The evening featured a silent basket auction. The Time Warner Spa Package was won by Mary Bohall of Randolph, New York. The Lane Women's Health Group Spa Package was won by Heidi Strickland from Jamestown, New York.
"For too long, we've lived with the stereotype that women are not at risk for heart disease," adds Toni DeAngelo. "The good news is things are changing. Greater attention to women's health and a growing awareness of the risks of heart disease, is replacing the old cliché that that heart disease is just a man's disease."
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