EATONTOWN – Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, will host on Saturday a special Day of Dance event at Monmouth Mall to raise awareness of American Heart Month.
The medical center will present its Day of Dance and Go Red For Women Day Health Fair from noon to 4 p.m. in the rotunda, near the food court.
Monmouth Medical Center is teaming up with the American Heart Association and 94.3 The Point radio station for a free heart month event featuring tai chi and Zumba demonstrations as well as a special appearance by the Monmouth University Hawks Dancers, healthy cooking and CPR demonstrations, health screenings and information, giveaways, prizes and a free raffle for a Kindle Fire HD.
The special guest will be Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, R-Monmouth, who represents the 11th district and serves on the assembly’s Women and Children Committee. She will offer opening remarks at 12:30 p.m. on the stage.
A month-long national observance, American Heart Month urges citizens to recognize the nationwide problem of heart and blood vessel diseases and support all essential programs required to solve the problem.
Barnabas Health’s southern region hospitals, which in addition to Monmouth include Ocean County’s Community Medical Center and Kimball Medical Center, are the region’s exclusive HeartCaring hospitals, a national designation reserved for a select group of hospitals and clinicians that signifiy excellence in women’s cardiovascular care.
To demonstrate their support of American Heart Month, the exterior of buildings at Community, Kimball and Monmouth medical centers have been illuminated in red in partnership with the American Heart Association’s national Go Red For Women campaign.
“Visitors to our Long Branch campus in February will notice that the exteriors of buildings are illuminated in red flood lights,” says Frank J. Vozos, M.D., FACS, president and chief executive officer of Monmouth Medical Center. “But our Go Red campaign is about much more than shining red lights – it’s about living a longer, stronger life and encouraging your loved ones to do the same.”
Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. It is also one of the most preventable.
Monmouth Medical Center and its fellow Barnabas Health Heart Centers are hosting a range of screening events, educational programs, nutritional and heart disease risk assessments, and family-focused programs at Barnabas Health hospitals and community-based centers. From infant CPR courses to cardiac physicians explaining the latest guidelines for preventing heart attack and stroke, to dance parties that encourage people of all ages to get moving, all the activities are designed to improve the heart health of New Jersey residents.
For a full calendar of Barnabas Health Heart Centers events, visit www.BarnabasHealth.org/heartcenters.