Thankfully, the food at the event (it was quite a spread!) was delicious and heart healthy.
One of the highlights for me was performing with the Heartbeat Dancers of Northwest. This group of fabulous female Northwest Hospital employees learned the “Know Your Signs [of a Heart Attack]” dance and performed it several times throughout the evening. Our performances were a huge hit, and now, many women are going around town singing, “Pain in your neck, chest, arms or jaw / shortness of breath, please tell us more” as hip hop music plays in their minds! These ladies will never forget the signs of a heart attack.
A special passport that served as a raffle entry encouraged the participants to visit health information booths addressing heart health, fitness, stroke awareness, sleep health, diabetes, nutrition, weight loss surgery, breast care and more. After completing the passport and receiving a raffle ticket, attendees were encouraged to put their ticket in the bowl for the corresponding prize they wanted to win most. Awarded raffle gifts for the heart included a 5k training program donated by Fleet Feet in Pikesville; a signature facial from Tamera Monroe; a lovely basket of high quality dark chocolates for the mouth and skin from Cindy Wolfe, RN; red accessories from the Northwest Hospital gift shop; three-month and a one-year memberships to LifeBridge Health and Fitness; and a Spirit of Women goodie bag filled with amazing gifts and a $50 gift card.
I wanted the women to learn about heart health, to see our beautiful hospital, have a wonderful time and know that Northwest Hospital is here and cares about the health and well-being of the women in its community. I say the evening was a great success and our mission was accomplished!
- Written by Victoria Proctor, M.A., RN, a health coach who oversees Spirit of Women at Northwest Hospital. She is a Master’s prepared exercise physiologist, registered nurse and certified holistic health counselor. Victoria loves advocating for women, encouraging them to live healthy, energized and passionate lives.
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