When Connie Wilburn, nurse administrator at the Greenup County Health Department, was going through her training to become a nurse practitioner, she specialized in women’s health, which is why the Going Red event Monday at the health department is so near and dear to her heart.
“It has been really fun,” Wilburn said of past Going Red events. “I always enjoy it. I love doing things for the community.”
GCHD is Going Red and offering free heart health screenings to promote heart health on Monday, something they have done for the last 6-7 years.
“It is sponsored by the American Heart Association,” Wilburn said. “For several years they’ve been promoting heart health for women, making sure that women are aware the signs of heart disease and that they’re doing preventive things. That is the most important thing and that’s what we want to promote. Things like knowing what their cholesterol is, what their blood sugars are and that their blood sugars are in the normal range, eating healthy diets, have a healthy weight, getting regular exercise.”
The free health screenings will be from 8 a.m. until Noon Monday, Feb. 6 as part of the national “Go Red for Women” campaign. Both men and women are welcome for these screenings and no appointment is necessary.
The screenings will include blood pressure, weight, body mass index (BMI), blood sugar, and a lipid profile (cholesterol). No preparation is required. However, for a more precise reading, it is a good idea to fast for 12 hours prior to your screening, but it is not necessary.
“It is important to know what your numbers are and what they mean, so that you can make lifestyle changes in order to prevent heart disease,” Wilburn said.
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