Heart Month

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We have the HEART of a community hospital, but we are so much more.

Protect your heart, for the sake of your family.

While the choices you make about your health may be yours alone, the impact of those choices can be felt by your entire family. Choose wisely. Protect your heart. Remember, there is no substitute for you.

February is American Heart Month, and despite clear knowledge about how to avoid heart disease, the numbers are still daunting. One out of every four deaths in the United States can be attributed to one of the several types of the disease, including heart attack, angina, heart failure, arrhythmia, and stroke. Heart disease is still the leading cause of death for both men and women, and it can't be ignored.

Heart Month Programs, Events, and Information 

GAYLORD PRESENTATIONS - Otsego Sportsplex | 1250 Gornick Avenue | Gaylord

Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack
Presented by Cardiologist Linda Gossett, MD
Wednesday, February 1 | 8 – 9 a.m.

Your Heart and Exercise
Presented by Exercise Specialist Terry Whitmore, HFS
Wednesday, February 8 | 8 – 9 a.m.

Heart Rhythms — Pacemakers and AFib
Presented by Cardiac Electrophysiologist Dan Buerkel, MD
Wednesday, February 22 | 8 – 9 a.m.


Heart Healthy Family-style Cooking:
Demonstration, Free Meal, and Healthy Lifestyle Tips*

Mediterranean-style Cooking
Presented by Rebecca Godfrey, CEP, and Phyllis Tule, RN
Wednesday, February 8 | 5:30 – 6:30 p.m Cheboygan Community Medical Center  740 S. Main StreetCheboygan

Cooking Healthy with Oils and Vinegars
Presented by Registered Dietitian Jeanne Kincaid, RD, CDE, and Fustini’s
Monday, February 13 | 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.John and Marnie Demmer Wellness Pavilion and Dialysis Center, 820 Arlington Avenue, Petoskey

Breakfast the Healthy Way
Presented by Registered Dietitian Jeanne Kincaid, RD, CDE
Wednesday, February 15 | 8 – 9 a.m. Otsego Sportsplex, 1250 Gornick Avenue, Gaylord

Tastes Better with Less Sugar
Presented by Mary Fisher, RD, and Elizabeth Zasbow, RD
Thursday, March 9 | 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. John and Marnie Demmer Wellness Pavilion and Dialysis Center 820 ArlingPetoskey

HEART HEALTHY - Grocery Store Events (Family Fare unless otherwise denoted)

Monday, February 13, Boyne City 3- 5 p.m.
Wednesday, February 15, Gaylord, 3-5 p.m.
Wednesday - February 15, Cheboygan, 3-5 p.m.
Thursday, February 16, Petoskey, 3-5 p.m. (D&W Fresh Market)
Monday, February 20, Indian River, 3-5 p.m.
Tuesday, February 21, Rogers City, 3-5 p.m.
Tuesday, February 28, Charlevoix, 3-5 p.m.

For a Full List of Program, CLICK HERE

How Your Business Can Get Involved

Prevention is still best, and there are a number of ways to start living a heart healthy life. Regular exercise, healthy diet, weight management, smoking cessation, and moderate alcohol intake are all important for heart health. But, knowing and understanding cholesterol and blood sugar levels, blood pressure, weight, and body mass index (BMI) are helpful for heart health and wellness. "Everyone should know his or her individual markers," explains Tanya Janes, BS, CHES, McLaren Northern Michigan Health and Wellness Manager.  

The consequences of heart disease are immense. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack every year, and 610,000 people die from some form of heart disease. It is also the leading cause of disability. The overall cost of heart disease is in excess of 300 billion dollars every year; this figure includes health care, medications, surgeries and treatments, and loss of productivity. For details about numbers you should know, click the links below:

  • Blood Pressure
  • Blood Sugar
  • Cholesterol
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)

Plus, readers can  take a brief survey to learn more about heart health. Consult with your primary care provider to determine the right course of action for you. Click here for information about Heart and Vascular providers, services, technology, and more at McLaren Northern Michigan.