Monday, January 30, 2017

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – As men and women across the nation will don red on Friday, February 3 to show support for National Go Red Day, Chambersburg Hospital too will sport the bright color.

Throughout the month of February, a portion of the King Street Entrance will be lighted red in honor of Heart Month.

As heart disease remains the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, February has been dedicated as a time for organizations, communities, and health professionals across the country to share information and awareness about the disease.  Franklin County is no stranger to the condition; the 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment revealed heart disease as the leading preventable condition plaguing community members.  Not surprising taken into consideration other statistics revealed in the study, including that less than 6 percent of community members are eating the recommended three servings of vegetables a day, that less than 20 percent are getting the recommended amount of exercise per week, and that close to 65 percent of residents are overweight and obese.  Poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, and being overweight are all risk factors for heart disease.

“Although the statistics are staggering, the good news is that heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and work with a physician to manage their health conditions,” explained Vice President for Community Relations, Barbara Rossini.

“Our goal is the red light will actually spotlight the issue in our community, bringing it to the forefront of conversation,” she said.  “But the light is just a small piece of what we have planned to spread awareness during the month.”

Rossini explained that Summit Health is sponsoring a free community wellness event February 4th where free blood pressure screenings will be offered, is hosting free grocery store tours to help educate community members on heart healthy eating, and has dedicated a web page where community members can find resources and tools to determine and lower their risk for heart disease.

The page can be found here, along with more information regarding upcoming community events.