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Heart Month 2015

2015 is the 10th anniversary of our community based Heart Month program.  Our vision is to work with our community and schools to promote healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases.  Each year in February, our crews go out into the community to positively promote healthy living and awareness of heart disease.  Since inception, we have screened over 58,000 people for elevated blood pressure and sugar levels.  Almost 10,000 citizens have been alerted to high blood pressure or high blood sugar levels.

We have the highest save rate in the world when it comes to cardiac events.  We want to improve the quality of life in our region by reducing the incidents of such occurrences.  In 10 years, the percentage of alerts for adults has dropped by over 20%, an indication of program success and healthier choices in our community.  Cardiac events are the number one cause of death in the USA.  Strokes are the number one cause of disability.  Together we continue to get the word out.

 

2015 was the second year of our partnership with the Renton School District.  We provided an educational message and screenings to over 100 classes and over 3400 students in 25 schools (this includes totals from Liberty High School and 2 Kent schools in Fairwood).

We care about your kids!

 

  Our partners provided incredible support!  The Renton Community Foundation funded the purchase of new banners and annual supplies.  Valley Medical Center provided staff and handouts at school and large events.  The American Heart Association put together a Life's Simple Seven flyer for us to hand out at public events.  Seven steps toward healthy living choices; get active, eat better, lose weight, control cholesterol, manage blood pressure, reduce blood sugar, and stop smoking.

 

McLendons promoted Heart Awareness for Women with all stores in the region hosting a Go Red event to help raise awareness of heart disease's devastating effects of women's health.  St Anthony's parish and the Sikh Temple invited us into their community at large religious events.

In 2016, we plan to continue our strong partnerships with schools, businesses, residents and the religious community centers to improve livability in the City.  Our goal is to promote healthy choices through our personal interactions with the public and a strong ongoing public relations campaign.

 

 

 2015  Total Contacts          BP Alerts     Diabetes Alerts

Juveniles          3349               114               15

Adults              3884               506               99

All Contacts      7233                620             114