NMC’s Fifth Annual Healthy Hearts this Saturday

Join Northwestern Medical Center at Healthy Hearts on the Move this Saturday and learn about how exercise and healthy eating can reduce your risks for heart disease. Healthy Hearts will offer physical fun in adult sessions as well as in family-style sessions to get people of all ages having fun while being active.

This year’s free-of-charge event takes place from 9 a.m. to noon at the St. Albans City Elementary School. New this year, several local gyms will be demonstrating their offerings including total body strength training, an obstacle course and more! Each fitness activity will be taught by a local instructor and last 20 minutes.

In addition to the fitness activities, NMC will provide free blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol screenings as well as educational booths on a variety of heart-health related topics. Top it off with a free massage and this is an event you won’t want to miss.

“Taking that first step toward a healthier lifestyle can be a challenge, but this event will make it easy and fun,” says Jonathan Billings, Vice President of Planning & Community Relations. This is the fifth year NMC has put on this heart-health-focused event for the community. “Decreasing the risks of heart disease is incredibly important, and at Healthy Hearts, you can do it in a friendly atmosphere with your family. This year we anticipate an even bigger and better event than last year.”

Last year’s event was a big success with over 500 attendees and NMC will once again use the event “Passports” which serve as a heart health risk assessment. Attendees get their passports stamped along a journey toward good health and learn that even small steps on that journey can make a big difference.

On top of all the active fun, healthy food, free health screenings, and useful health information, you can also be entered to win one of three Vermont State Parks Family Passes as well as many other raffles during the event. For more information about the event, call Kate Laddison at 524-1239.