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KVH launches program fostering heart health


February 6, 2019


HEART TO HEART: Klickitat Valley Health (KVH) is kicking off a new program for heart health awareness in keeping with February being National Heart Health Awareness Month.

February is National Heart Health Awareness month, and Klickitat Valley Health kicked off its 2019 #7STEPS To A Healthier Heart campaign with a Heart Health Awareness Walk last Friday.

Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States. About 610,000 people die of heart disease every year – that's 1 in 4 deaths! "We all know someone who has been affected by heart disease," said Charis Weis, KVH Director of Community Outreach and Human Resources. "At KVH, we want to bring awareness to this disease and help our community make healthy changes to prevent heart disease."

During the month of February, the hospital district will be promoting #7STEPS To A Healthier Heart with informational cards, displays, and social media posts highlighting seven, simple activities that can help maintain a healthy heart. The community is encouraged to join the campaign on social media using the hashtag #7STEPS when engaged in one of the healthy choices being promoted by KVH.

Klickitat Valley Health is also highlighting specific care opportunities tied to the #7STEPS which are available at KVH Family Medicine and the hospital for anyone who is looking to make a healthy change in 2019.

1. Live Smoke Free. KVH Offers a comprehensive Smoking Cessation Program through Respiratory Therapist Mark Vogel.

2. Monitor Your Blood Pressure. KVH Family Medicine offers FREE blood pressure checks. Stop by registration at the clinic and request a BP check. No appointment necessary.

3. Maintain A Healthy Weight. KVH encourages at least one, wellness visit to your Primary Care Provider each year to monitor weight and overall wellness.

4. Watch your Cholesterol. KVH offers full lab services included discount pricing during Wellness Days each year. This is a great way to keep a watch on cholesterol levels.

5. Control your blood sugar. If you are diabetic, or perhaps pre-diabetic, KVH has a Diabetes Education Program with Laura Lee, RN, BSN, CDE.

6. Get Active. It's recommended that individuals log 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week.

7. Eat a heart-healthy diet. KVH Clinical Dietitian Dieti Kjersti Madsen is available via appointment at the KVH Wellness & Therapy center to assist in healthy meal planning.

For more information, visit the new KVHEALTH.NET, follow the district on Facebook at Facebook/Klickitat-Valley-Health or call 773-4022. To establish care at the clinic, please call KVH Family Medicine at 773-4017.


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