Heart health fair at Westfield next Saturday

St. Vincent’s Medical Center will hold its 7th Annual Heart Health Fair at Westfield Trumbull on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the upper level in the Lord and Taylor Courtyard. The event is open to the public at no cost and represents a joint effort between St. Vincent’s and Westfield Trumbull to increase community wellness in recognition of Heart Month.

Cardiologist Kathleen Harper, St. Vincent’s Director of Women at Heart, said her goal is to raise awareness in the community about heart disease risk factors and to offer a variety of prevention and treatment options in an informative, convenient and entertaining way.

Prior to the fair there will be a kickoff fitness walk around the mall beginning at 9:15 a.m. led by Harper and St. Vincent’s President/CEO Susan L. Davis. The public is encouraged to join in the walk.

The fair will offer free blood pressure screenings, services, information and exhibits. The event features a giant medical inflatable of a heart, giving area adults and children the opportunity to walk through this life-size exhibit, hear realistic heart sounds and learn about the anatomy and function of this vital organ.

Participants will be able to ask questions on heart disease at wellness at booths staffed by St. Vincent’s medical professionals.

A new feature this year will be demonstrations by exercise experts from “New Road Fitness,” a medically integrated fitness center opening in Trumbull in April. Representatives will display how the latest technology can help fitness center members monitor and record their movements and implement a personal exercise plan to suit their levels.

Additionally, representatives from the Regina L. Cozza Women at Heart program at St. Vincent’s will be on hand to illustrate how heart disease in women differs from patterns in men. There will be an information table which will include heart health information for the Spanish speaking community.

For more information about the Heart Health Fair, call Sue Casso 203-576-6119 or visit stvincents.org/events.