February is American Heart Month

News from February 17, 2020

Penn is helping staff and faculty take charge of their heart health this month with wellness opportunities to raise awareness about preventing heart disease and to offer guidance for healthier eating.

Preventative screenings are a good first step to healthier living. This month, CVS pharmacies is providing no-cost heart health preventative screenings inside its local MinuteClinic locations. The screenings will provide you with the five key personal health numbers that can help determine your risk for heart disease: total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and body mass index.

If you didn't make one of the screenings earlier this month, there's still time for you to register. The last screening will be held on February 20. To find a MinuteClinic near you click here. To receive your free screening, visit cvshealth.com/gored to download and print a voucher then bring to a MinuteClinic registration kiosk. You can also use your mobile device to show the voucher to the provider after you register.  

Remember that healthy eating is also important to maintaining a positive well-being. 

Learn how your heart health is impacted by what you eat by attending Penn’s Eating for Heart Health workshop. The free workshop will be held on February 24 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in Houston Hall, Ben Franklin Room. 

At Eating for Heart Health, Family Food Registered Dietician Christine Steerman, MA, RD, LDN, will talk with participants about recommended foods that protect the heart and those foods that can be enjoyed in moderation. 

Register today for Eating for Heart Health and learn about the foods to fuel your heart.