Mount Sinai Celebrates Annual Go Red Community Health Fair
Mount Sinai Heart at The Mount Sinai Hospital hosted its 11th annual Community Heart Health Fair February 7th, which was the 11th anniversary of National Go Red Day.
As one of the largest Go Red events in New York City, 490 guests received free heart health screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose, and body mass index. In addition, event guests learned about good nutrition and diet, diabetes, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), CPR, stress management, smoking cessation, yoga, and other relaxation techniques.
"We had such a heartfelt expression of support for women's heart health at our Go Red celebration this February," says Beth Oliver, DNP, RN, Vice President of Clinical Operations for Mount Sinai Heart. "The large turnout of attendees of both men and women from the community combined with the countless volunteers of Mount Sinai nurses, faculty, and staff, really made the Community Hearth Health Fair a great success."
The Chefs of The Mount Sinai Hospital, all dressed in red uniforms, served guests their special "Red Menu" of four heart healthy dishes including colusari red rice salad with dried cranberries, walnuts, and blue cheese; tandoori grilled salmon with shaved beet risotto; raspberry mousse; and even 1,200 dark chocolate covered strawberries. Event guests were even able to take home recipe cards.
"All the foods offered were low-fat, high-in-fiber, and low-in-sugar," says Matthew Krimsky, Executive Chef at Mount Sinai. "We offered foods red in color to represent the importance of National Go Red Day, because it's really all about being heart healthy every day."
Emphasis on Heart Health Education and Knowing Your Numbers
"It's all about education and prevention," says Linda Hackett, MPA, Senior Program Director of Community and Government Affairs at Mount Sinai. "Guests were really looking at the importance of healthy eating, plus, everyone wants to know their numbers, but our goal was to educate everyone who attended what are actually good and bad heart health numbers."
"This year's heart fair was our most successful event to date," says Mary Ann McLaughlin, MD, Medical Director of the Cardiac Health Program at Mount Sinai Heart. "Through our continuous outreach regarding heart health and the importance of knowing cardiac risk, community members are avidly seeking this opportunity to learn more about how to improve their health. This success is an example of the impact Mount Sinai is having on the entire community."
"This is the best community outreach I have ever seen," shared Diana Rodriguez of Far Rockaway, Queens, who is a patient of Mount Sinai's Division of Endocrinology. "I got to participate in the free heart screenings, and even learned about how to do CPR. I did good overall, I just have to work on my cholesterol and triglycerides. But I credit the Mount Sinai endocrinologists for getting my diabetes and high blood pressure already under control."
Debby Fogler of Bronx, NY, attends the Heart Health Fair every year and is a patient of Mount Sinai Heart cardiologist Dr. Icilma Fergus. "I am wearing red today to support Go Red. I have congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, and type 2 diabetes. I recommend all women to come learn more about their inside. You can look beautiful on the outside, but you need to learn what's going on inside your body."
Maria Vazquez of Harlem, NY, also attended the event. She came this year after losing her sister, age 55, to a heart attack in June 2013. Maria turns 67 years old in late February and is choosing to stay as heart healthy as possible.
"I always check my numbers, and make sure I go to the doctor's. Exercising is very important. I belong to a senior citizen walking club and I am practicing for a 5k race. Remember, always check your numbers, it could save your life," stresses Maria.