WJMC To Host American Heart Month Jump Rope Challenge, Free Screenings
MARRERO, LA – In observance of American Heart month, West Jefferson Medical Center (WJMC) will offer a Jump Rope Challenge and free screenings, Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the West Jefferson Fitness Center – Marrero, next to the Physicians Office Building, at 1121 Medical Center Blvd., from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Jump Rope Challenge starts at 10:30 a.m. The public and TV personalities will be challenged to jump rope in observance of American Heart Month. Whoever logs the most number of full jumps, in a 2-minute period, will:
• Be crowned Cardiovascular King or Queen of NOLA
• Earn bragging rights on social media
• Help raise awareness of the disease
• Win two prizes (surprise gift cards)
From 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. there will be free blood pressure and BMI screenings offered to the public. Screenings require registration: www.wjmc.org/heart
At 11:15 a.m. there will be a Heart Health Physician Talk with Edmund K. Kerut, MD.
From 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. there will be a free line dancing class.
The Heart Health Fair will also offer free heart health information to help educate people about heart disease.
Heart disease is the #1 killer of men and women in the U.S., WJMC reps said. More than 610,000 Americans die from heart disease each year—that’s one in four deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). West Jefferson reps said they are proud to help raise awareness and help fight this disease by providing a Heart Health Fair with free screenings.
One of only 223 hospitals nationwide receive the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry– GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2016. West Jeff was the recipient last year and reps said the award recognizes their commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/ American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.