Toms River, NJ – Community Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, recently raised awareness of American Heart Month by offering free blood pressure screenings and cholesterol and glucose testing as part of its Day of Dance 2014 celebration at Ocean County Mall.
As a Spirit of Women and Heart Caring designated hospital, Community Medical Center hosted Day of Dance as one of a series of health education activities, including health screenings, workshops, and support groups that will reach women in all stages of their lives.
To encourage people of all ages to dance and keep moving as a way to stay heart healthy, Community Medical Center invited local dance groups to perform throughout the day, including Dance with Marie of Forked River, Bee Cause Dance Expressions of Barnegat and Ultimate Dance Studio of Toms River as well as Zumba with Creative Cardio of Toms River.
The event also featured a presentation entitled, "The Importance of Achieving a Heart Healthy Lifestyle," by Dr. Russell Cornell, Chair, Department of Cardiology, Community Medical Center.
"As women, we are often so busy acting as caregivers for others that we sometimes neglect our own health. Through Day of Dance and other programs – especially those offered throughout American Heart Month in February – Community Medical Center and its sister hospitals are helping to ensure women make their health a priority," said Stephanie L. Bloom, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Community Medical Center.
A month-long national observance, American Heart Month urges citizens to recognize the nationwide problem of heart and blood vessel diseases and support all essential programs designed to solve the problem. Barnabas Health's southern region hospitals, which in addition to Community Medical Center include Kimball Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center, are the region's exclusive HeartCaring hospitals, a national designation reserved for a select group of hospitals and clinicians that signifies excellence in women's cardiovascular care. To demonstrate their support of American Heart Month, the exterior of buildings at Community, Kimball and Monmouth Medical Centers have been illuminated in red in partnership with the American Heart Association's national
Go Red For Women campaign.
Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. It is also one of the most preventable. Community Medical Center and its fellow Barnabas Health Heart Centers are hosting a range of screening events, educational programs, nutritional and heart disease risk assessments, and family-focused programs at Barnabas Health hospitals and community-based centers. From infant CPR courses to cardiac physicians explaining the latest guidelines for preventing heart attack and stroke, all the activities are designed to improve the heart health of New Jersey residents.
CONTACT: Jean Flaherty