Monday, January 30, 2017

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – In an effort of raising awareness about heart disease in Franklin County, Summit Health is bringing the MEGA Heart, the world’s only inflatable, walk through heart exhibit to an upcoming community wellness event.

“We are seeing more people who want to be informed and engaged in their health.  Summit Health is the community’s health partner and we continue to look for opportunities to bring families and community members of all ages together and learn how they can improve their health,” Explained Barbara Rossini, Vice President for Community Relations at Summit Health.

Being overweight and having high blood pressure are preventable risk factors that lead to disease and death. According to the Community Health Needs Assessment completed last year, heart disease remained the number one preventable disease plaguing residents of Franklin County.  The assessment also revealed 64 percent of adults in Franklin County are overweight or obese, and that less than six percent of residents consumed the recommended three servings of vegetables per day.

“If we can present information to our friends and neighbors in a format that is interactive and makes a lasting impression, we can help form healthy habits that could save lives down the road by preventing the on-set of heart disease,” Rossini added.

The MEGA Heart provides visitors with a highly interactive educational experience, showing visuals of what heart disease looks like. Visitors can step inside the human heart, learn about cardiovascular functions and see displays explaining some of the latest medical treatments for heart problems.

The free, family friendly community event will take place Saturday, February 4, from 10 am – 2 pm at Chambersburg Area Middle School North, 1957 Scotland Avenue.

Also at the event, Summit Health will offer free blood pressure screenings, free InBody body composition screenings, and health and wellness information related to heart health, endocrinology, primary care, orthopedic care, and more. For more information on other events related to heart health being hosted this February, or for resources on blood pressure, preventing heart disease, healthy recipes, or finding a cardiologist, please click here.