In recognition of American Heart Month, the Madison Area YMCA is partnering with Atlantic Health System for a heart health event that kicks off the Madison Area YMCA’s Healthy Hearts program.

 

The community is invited to the basketball gymnasium of the Madison Area YMCA on Thurs., Feb. 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for “Gender Matters: The Impact on Heart Health,” presented by Advanced Practice Nurse Linda Suplicki from the Atlantic Health System’s Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute.

 

The 45-minute discussion, followed by a question and answer period, will focus on how cardiovascular disease impacts men and women differently and how each gender can make lifestyle modifications to lower the risk. 

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After the presentation, participants will have the opportunity to walk through a giant inflatable heart and explore resource tables to learn more about what can be done to keep hearts strong.

 

Resource tables will include: Atlantic Health System for cardiovascular resources, Madison Area YMCA for exercise programs, Morristown Medical Center’s Community Health department for blood pressure screenings and Shoprite of Chatham for nutrition information. To register for the lecture, call Atlantic Health System at 1.844.472.8499.

 

This event will kick off the Madison Area YMCA Healthy Hearts program, a healthy lifestyle program that will meet Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 26, March 11 & 25, April 8 and May 6 or Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 27, March 12 & 26, April 9 & 23 and May 7. 

 

Although heart disease is the leading cause of death among both sexes, the incidence, risk factors, symptoms and treatment options vary. The program’s goals include educating participants about heart health and all factors that affect heart health; lowering blood pressure; lowering resting heart rate, improving cardiovascular efficiency and improving strength. The program has both a group health coaching component and an exercise component. 

 

As a mission-driven nonprofit, the Madison Area YMCA is dedicated to empowering young people to reach their full potential, improving individual and community well-being, and providing support and inspiring action in our communities.

  

For more information about the heart health program, contact Madison Area YMCA Healthy & Wellness Director Christian Esola at 973-822-9622 x2281 or email Cesola@madisonymca.org.