For Immediate Release:
March 29, 2012
Southcoast to sponsor walking path at Heritage State Park, dedication set for May 5
Community invited to "Take a Step Toward a Healthy Heart" by joining Southcoast cardiologists and staff for a kick-off walk and free community event
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Southcoast Cardiac Services invites the community to "Take a Step Toward a Healthy Heart" by joining Southcoast cardiologists and staff for a celebratory kick-off walk around the walking path and an afternoon of activities focused around heart health.
The free event is open to the public and will take place on Saturday, May 5, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Fall River Heritage State Park's Visitor's Center> on Davol Street. Afternoon activities will include:
- Kick-off walk around the two-mile walking path, lead by representatives from Southcoast's Cardiac Services, the American Heart Association and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation.
- Heart healthy tips and education provided by Southcoast specialists from a range of heart healthy programs, including Cardiac Services, Diabetes Management, Cardiac Prevention and Cardiac Rehab.
- Health screenings provided by the >Southcoast Health Van.
- Heart healthy recipes and refreshments.
- Entertainment, raffles and giveaways.
Made possible through Southcoast Health System's community benefits program in association with the American Heart Association and a partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation, the event will be held rain or shine with the majority of activities taking place inside the Visitor's Center. Parking is available at the Fall River Carousel building parking lot.
Heart disease is the number one health problem on the South Coast. Tens of thousands of people in the South Coast region suffer from heart disease. The mortality rate from heart disease in our region is considerably higher than the state average.
Southcoast's full range of cardiac services brings five-star care to the region and continues the decade-long commitment to improving patient outcomes. Southcoast Hospitals is ranked in the top 5 percent in the U.S. by HealthGrades for cardiac care and heart surgery. Cardiologists from the Fall River and New Bedford communities perform advanced interventional cardiac services at Charlton while St. Luke's also offers a full range of diagnostic and cardiac treatment services complimented by a seamless link to the region's only cardiac intervention and open heart surgery programs. Southcoast's Electrophysiology (EP) Lab, based at Charlton, provides patients with the latest in treatment for cardiac arrhythmias and implantation of pacemakers. To learn more about the heart services available through Southcoast, visit www.southcoast.org/heart.
This designation of the Heritage State walking path is the first in a series of Southcoast-sponsored events in the region dedicated to raising awareness and providing education on heart health.