President Obama declared February Heart Month, proclaiming: "Cardiovascular disease - including heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure - is responsible for one out of every three deaths. It is the No. 1 killer of American women and men, and it is a leading cause of serious illness and disability."
According to the American Heart Association, nearly half of Americans have one major risk factor for heart disease. Friday is "National Go Red Day," urging women to become more aware of their heart health.
Henry Ford Health System is sponsoring the MEGA Heart, a giant, 26-long walk-through heart and a Heart Month Health Fair (Free Heart Smart breakfast, MEGA Heart Tours, testing, a health fair, Zoomba, a talk on heart health and more) at the Westin Southfield on Saturday, Feb. 7.
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Dr. Khaldoon Alaswad
Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at the Henry Ford Heart & Vascular Institute
Henry Ford Registered Dietician and author of the Heart Smart® Cookbook
Henry Ford Celebrates Heart Month With World's Only Walk-through Heart and Health Fair
The world's only touring, walk-through heart exhibit will visit metro Detroit on Feb. 7 as part of Henry Ford Health System's celebration of Heart Month.
The MEGA Heart, a 26-foot-long, 13-foot-high heart model, will be part of a free health fair taking place from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Westin Hotel in Southfield.
"This is a chance for everyone to see exactly why heart health is so important," says Earlexia Norwood, M.D., director of Community Health Education for Henry Ford Health System and the keynote speaker for the event. "For those walking through it, the MEGA Heart helps people visualize the importance of eating well, exercising and taking care of your heart."
After registration opens at 8 a.m., the event begins at 8:30 a.m. with a free Heart Smart® continental breakfast. Dr. Norwood's talk on heart health, "Put Your Heart Into It," takes place from 9 to 10 a.m. Guests can tour the MEGA Heart and the health fair from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Exhibits will include information on programs throughout Henry Ford Health System and topics including heart health, heart disease, diet, exercise, stress management and other heart-related topics. Heart Health programs at all Henry Ford locations -- including Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, and Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital - will be represented.
The Westin is located at 1500 Town Center in Southfield. There is no charge for the event, and groups are encouraged. But pre-registration is required. For more information or to RSVP, call 1-800-532-2411.