2009-02-13 / Community

PHC Pulls Out Stops For National Wear Red Day

By Miriam Rosenberg

A hospital technician takes a blood sample from Josephine Guarino to test her cholesterol for signs of diabetes. Deaths from heart disease by women have gone down annually from 1999 to 2006. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg A hospital technician takes a blood sample from Josephine Guarino to test her cholesterol for signs of diabetes. Deaths from heart disease by women have gone down annually from 1999 to 2006. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg Standing up for women's health, Peninsula Hospital Center took part in National Wear Red Day last Friday, which kicked off National Heart Month. Over a period of four hours, the hospital's lobby played host as PHC technicians performed tests; and staffers and volunteers educated hospital workers and members of the community about blood pressure, diabetes and nutrition - all of which are factors that affect a healthy heart.

According to the National Institute of Health, heart disease in women has gone down by 15 percent annually from 1999 to 2006. Yet, the increasing rates of overweight and obesity, which are important risk factors for heart disease, in younger women indicate there could be a greater prevalence of heart disease in later years.

National Wear Red Day is part of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's (NHLBI) 'The Heart Truth' campaign, which raises awareness that heart disease is the number one killer of women. The NHLBI is part of the National Institutes of Health.

Kathy White, the Parent's Association vice president at PS 42 who brought her daughter Maya, 3, along to the event, stops to have her blood pressure checked. Kathy White, the Parent's Association vice president at PS 42 who brought her daughter Maya, 3, along to the event, stops to have her blood pressure checked. Bob Levine, PHC's CEO and Dr. Narendra Hadpawat, the hospital's Chief of Cardiology, pose for a photo. Bob Levine, PHC's CEO and Dr. Narendra Hadpawat, the hospital's Chief of Cardiology, pose for a photo. Rachel Hodelin-Wetzel, the hospital's clinical nutrition manager, second from right, gives advice about healthy eating as she and her assistant helped folks access their (BMI) body mass index. Rachel Hodelin-Wetzel, the hospital's clinical nutrition manager, second from right, gives advice about healthy eating as she and her assistant helped folks access their (BMI) body mass index.

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