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Interactive Heart Featured at Third Annual Heart Shape Event Feb. 7 at the Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center


Jan. 26, 2015. February is heart month and Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) is proud to sponsor its third annual Heart Shape event on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 8 a.m.-12:45 p.m. at the Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center located at 232 Boone Heights Dr. in Boone.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature health screenings, a large, interactive heart, cardiology Health Talks, free fitness classes, Wellness Center tours and healthy cooking demonstrations.

Health Screenings

Heart Shape will feature a variety of free screenings including, but not limited to: a Cardiology Risk Assessment, a Breathing Assessment and an Epworth Sleepiness Test. Vouchers for a Pocket EKG screening ($20), a cholesterol screening ($30) and a vascular screening ($20) will also be available for purchase at exclusive Heart Shape rates.

The first 10 people to sign-up for a Pocket EKG screening will receive a free voucher for the screening. Staff will be on hand during the event to provide more information about each screening. The vascular screening will be held February 24th at Watauga Medical Center.

Large Interactive Heart Display

In honor of this third anniversary, Heart Shape will feature a large, interactive, anatomically correct heart, 12 feet high by 16 feet wide and 13 feet long. This larger than life display will provide an intimate look at the heart valves and chambers, how blood flows through the heart, plaque buildup, heart disease and more!

Cardiology and Vascular Health Talks

The two-part Health Talk series will begin with a talk entitled “Cardiac Disease Q&A” by Cardiologist, Dr. Paul Vignola at 11 am in the Wellness Center Classroom. The second talk, entitled “Peripheral Artery Disease” by Vascular Surgeon, Dr. Peter Purcell will be given at 11:30 am. Both talks will feature prize drawings and an opportunity to ask questions.

Wellness Center Classes, Tours and Fitness Professionals

If you’re not already a member of the Wellness Center, Heart Shape is a great opportunity to check out the facility and excellent fitness professionals. Pending availability, participants can take advantage of free fitness classes, get tours of the facility and talk with fitness professionals about your individual fitness goals. The class schedule includes Spin and Zumba at 9:15 am, followed by Yoga, Stretch and Flex and Water Fitness at 10:15 am. All event participants will have access to use the locker rooms as needed throughout the day.

Healthy Cooking Demonstration

Heart Shape will conclude with a healthy cooking demonstration consisting of turkey chili, cheddar and chive biscuits and carrot cake offered at 12:15 pm.

To learn more about Heart Shape visit wellness.apprhs.org or call the Wellness Center at 828-266-1060.