2018-02-08 / Local & State

Medical Center Hosts Go Red Luncheon

For awareness of heart disease, prevention in women
By Cassidy Pittman
STAFF WRITER


Dr. Jeffrey S. Mandak and Dustin Pine, PA-C, of the FCMC Cardiology Department give a presentation on women’s heart health and the importance of wellness and preventative care at the Fulton County Medical Center’s February 2 Go Red Luncheon. Dr. Jeffrey S. Mandak and Dustin Pine, PA-C, of the FCMC Cardiology Department give a presentation on women’s heart health and the importance of wellness and preventative care at the Fulton County Medical Center’s February 2 Go Red Luncheon. Dr. Jeffrey Mandak and Dustin Pine, PA-C, of the Fulton County Medical Center (FCMC) Cardiology Department shared heart healthy information and advice at a ‘Go Red’ luncheon hosted by FCMC last Friday in celebration of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign.

According to the Heart Association, heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, but 80 percent of such events can be prevented through diet, exercise, and stress management.

Last Friday, Feb. 2, was National Go Red Day, a day dedicated to educating women about the risks of heart disease and prevention. It’s held on the first Friday in February every year to raise awareness about heart disease being the No. 1 killer of women.

Roughly 30 local women RSVP’d to the Medical Center’s fourth annual Go Red luncheon to hear Dr. Mandak speak on heart disease, prevention, and the seven types of wellness that can lead to a healthy heart.

“Wellness,” Mandak explained, “is an active process of becoming aware of and making healthy choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life.” He discussed the importance of balance between social wellness, emotional wellness, spiritual wellness, occupational wellness, intellectual wellness, environmental wellness, and physical wellness.

In order to prevent heart disease, it is imperative that women (and men, too) understand the importance of daily self-maintenance. Adequate rest, meditation, sleep, or yoga is critical to being able to keep up with daily exercise, which will keep both the mind and body active. Other preventative tips include adding a variety of healthy foods into one’s diet, controlling food portions, staying away from smoke or those that smoke, managing stress, and using alcohol in moderation.

Mandak went into further detail explaining the importance of physical wellness. It is critical to choose a workout that is enjoyable, and for each session to have a warm-up phase, an endurance phase, and a cool-down phase. Once a form of exercise is chosen, it is important to set realistic fitness goals.

An initial conditioning stage for exercise ideally would be three to four 12- to 20-minute workouts a week for four to six weeks.

The next stage would be the improvement stage, which typically lasts four to five months. During this time, one would exercise three to five times a week, for 20 to 30 minutes at a time with the intention of pushing oneself a little further every day.

After this stage an individual would enter the maintenance stage of the exercise program. This usually begins after the first six months of training. Further improvement may be minimal, but continuing the same workout routine enables individuals to maintain healthy fitness levels.

While on the journey to physical wellness, individuals must pay attention to their body’s limits. Goals should be realistic and injuries, age, or physical restrictions must be taken into consideration in order to have a happy, healthy workout that promotes wellness.

Fitness information, classes, and gym equipment are now available for use at FCMC’s new Community Health and Wellness Center, 294 Lincoln Way West, McConnellsburg. For more information call 717-485-7313.

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