Celebrating Women's Health
One in four adult Americans has high blood pressure, nearly half are women, and about one-third of them don't know it, according to the American Heart Association. Women from Pinellas and Hillsborough counties are invited to receive free healthy heart information and screenings by attending the following events:
- On Monday, May 15, beginning at 10:30 a.m., Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard plans to join Morton Plant Mease to proclaim and celebrate National Women's Health Week. In addition, there will be several free public discussions. Dr. Joedrecka Brown, medical director, Community Center of Excellence in Women's Health, Turley Family Health Center, will lead a discussion entitled "Attention to Your Heart: Reconnecting to Your Health." A few other discussions include "The Mind Body Connection" and "Courageous Living: Searching for Clarity in Our Busy Lives." Events will take place at the Cheek-Powell Heart & Vascular Pavilion located at 455 Pinellas St., Clearwater on the Morton Plant Hospital Campus.
- On Thursday, May 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., women are invited to receive free healthy heart screenings at the Willa Carson Health Resource Center located at 1108 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. in Clearwater. The screenings include checks of cholesterol, blood glucose and blood pressure. A 12-hour fast is required before the screenings and participants must meet income guidelines.
To register for these events, please call (727) 462-7500. Both events are in collaboration with the Morton Plant Mease Women's Healthy Heart Initiative, a community outreach program teaching women about risk factors and signs of cardiovascular disease.
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