Story Medical is joining the “Go Red for Women” effort during February, putting the focus on women’s heart health. The annual emphasis is presented by the American Heart Association.
Story Medical will kick off a series of activities on February 5. On that date, employees will wear red to raise awareness of heart health. Additionally, a heart healthy lunch will be offered in both Story Medical’s Senior Care cafeteria on its North Campus and in the cafeteria at the medical center on the South Campus. These meals are open to the public.
Throughout the month, Story Medical’s primary care providers are encouraging Well-Woman Visit. These checks are vital for women as early detection is key when it comes to managing risk of heart disease.
The Well-Woman Visit is an annual physical and discussion about your health that all women should get to help identify serious health concerns before they become life threatening – such as heart disease and stroke. The Well-Woman visit is tailored to age, family history, past health history, and need for preventive screenings. Some services – such as checking blood pressure, height, weight, and temperature – will be provided as needed, based on medical and family history.
The exam may also screen for other health problems that are unique to women including mammograms for breast cancer, pap smears for cervical cancer, prenatal care, bone-mass measurements for osteoporosis; plus “gender-neutral” screenings and services such as colon cancer screening, obesity screening and counseling, and shots to prevent flu, tetanus, and pneumonia. Story Medical encourages women to visit with their insurance provider prior to scheduling their screening to ensure the visit will be covered.
Other events during the month include an educational presentation on how to lower sugar intake, hands-only CPR demonstrations and a variety of educational activities for staff. Additionally, the lobbies on both the North Campus and South Campus are decorated in red.
Specific details on public education programs will be posted on the Story Medical website at storymedical.org and shared on Story Medical’s social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.