(Belleville, IL)  – On Saturday, February 18, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in partnership with HSHS Southern Division Hospitals, HSHS Home Care/Hospice Southern Illinois, Prairie Heart Institute and Athletes Advantage, will host a HEALTHY HEARTS EVENT. The event will take place from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at St. Clair Square’s Center Court, next to the sponsored play area on the lower level.
As February is National Heart Health Awareness month, the event will include information on preventative heart health, cardiac services and support with special feature presentations by a Prairie Heart Institute Cardiologist and Sonya Jones, a finalist from the NBC show “The Biggest Loser.”
The event will also offer free glucose, cholesterol (requires fasting), blood pressure and height, weight and body fat screenings, and nutrition information. Guests will then be able to learn about their personal Heart Risk Assessment Score using the screening values collected and talk to clinicians about ways to improve their health.
Additional event features include:

  • hands only CPR information and demonstrations

  • employment information for HSHS Southern Illinois Hospitals

  • information about HSHS Home Care/Hospice and HSHS Medical Group, and

  • the latest information about St. Elizabeth’s Replacement Hospital.

The schedule of activities is as follows:
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Free health screenings open; education and information tables
12:00 – 12:15 p.m.  Prairie Heart Institute Cardiologist presentation
12:15 - 12:30 p.m. Start living “Heart Healthy” presentation by Sonya Jones
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Free health screenings open; education and information tables

“Prairie Heart Institute is pleased to partner with the HSHS Southern Illinois Division and St. Clair Square to bring this special Healthy Hearts event to the Metro East,” said Kristin Doster, Executive Vice President of Prairie Heart Institute of Illinois. “Nationally, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States; one in every three deaths is from heart disease, with the impact of the disease touching many more. In honor of heart health awareness month and all those affected by heart disease, we invite everyone to our educational event to learn about heart health in order to spread the message of prevention and awareness to the communities we serve.”
For more information about this event, visit St. Elizabeth’s Web site at http://www.steliz.org/Events-Classes/Special-Events/Healthy-Hearts-2-18-17

Media Contact

Kelly Barbeau

Manager, Marketing & Communications
HSHS Illinois
Office: (618) 234-2120, Ext. 41270

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