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“Healthy Hearts” the focus of the February Chicago HBA meeting

The Chicago HBA February 21 meeting attendees came to support Heart Health Awareness. During the networking reception, interactive heart health booths were set up by sponsors; and participants enjoyed visiting interactive educational stations featuring heart-healthy foods, fitness demonstrations, and health tips and facts for everyday life.

The Chicago HBA February 21 meeting attendees came to support Heart Health Awareness. During the networking reception, interactive heart health booths were set up by sponsors; and participants enjoyed visiting interactive educational stations featuring heart-healthy foods, fitness demonstrations, and health tips and facts for everyday life. Members and visitors were provided with great heart health resources to use personally and professionally.

HBA members and guests looked on as the Hyatt’s chef demonstrated how to make homemade hummus with raw vegetables as a heart healthy appetizer. Dieticians presented heart health nutrition information while fitness Instructors demonstrated stretching and strengthening exercises with resistance bands. Two HBA members also displayed how exercise can be fun, using “Wii Fit” programs and providing an opportunity for all to try. Mary Kay Cosmetic samples, help picking the perfect shade of red lipstick, and many raffle prizes were also a nice surprise.

Members learn about the various exercise programs for all fitness levels on the Wii Fit (top) and learn how to select the perfect shade of red lipstick to complement their skin tone (lower).
Members learn about the various exercise programs for all fitness levels on the Wii Fit
learn how to select the perfect shade of red lipstick to complement their skin tone
Therese McCall kicked off the meeting with HBA’s 2010 Vision to “Embrace Your Opportunities” and presented Nancy Hedlund, Director of Pharmacy Consultants at Hospira as Volunteer of the Month. Nancy is a member of the marketing committee and a liaison to the programming committee. Way to go Nancy.

Diane Veerkamp, Astellas Sr. Product ManagerNext, we heard from the first speaker, Diane Veerkamp, Astellas Sr. Product Manager, (pictured left) where we learned all about Astellas’ commitment to women’s heart health and “Her Heart Community” focused on prevention of heart disease.

The final presentation was given by Lynn T. Brown, PhD, CNP, FAHA, FAAN, & Nurse Practitioner from Rush Heart & Vascular Institute and Rush College of Nursing. Dr. Brown’s expert presentation highlighted strategies for the prevention of heart disease in women and men alike, citing several interesting research studies and statistics. Her key points focused on areas of concern such as the increase in prevalence of obesity and diabetes in both adults and children, as well as an increase of hypertension in children. Risks of developing cardiovascular disease and measures to reduce these risks by maintaining healthy lifestyle factors were discussed.

It was clear that Dr. Brown is passionate about cardiovascular disease prevention, as she outlined the American Heart Association’s 2020 Impact goals and START programs and First Lady, Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative.
Happy raffle winners
Happy raffle winners (above)

All in attendance received many resources to maintain and improve their health, the health of their families and people in their workplaces. The HBA extends its thanks to Astellas for its generous sponsorship for the evening.

Submitted By: Sue Neal, Baxter International

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