January 25, 2010
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Office: (740) 351-3810; FAX: (740) 351-3179; Cell: (740) 464-4854
940 Second Street – Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Web site: www.shawnee.edu
Annual Healthy Heart Luncheon Scheduled at Shawnee State
Since 1963, Congress has required the president to proclaim
February “American Heart Month” to urge Americans to join
the battle against cardiovascular diseases, including
stroke, the nation’s No. 1 killer. The American Heart
Association works with the administration to draft and sign
this annual proclamation.
To celebrate “American Heart Month,” the second annual
luncheon to raise awareness and educate people on healthy
heart lifestyles is scheduled at Shawnee State University
from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12 in the
University Center’s Sodexo Ballroom. Community members,
students, staff and special guests are invited to the
Reservations to the luncheon must be made by Friday, Feb. 5.
To register, call Debbie Howell at (740) 351-3210 or e-mail
The Southern Ohio Medical Center and the SSU Department of
Nursing are sponsoring the luncheon.
Lavonne Veloski will be the guest speaker at the luncheon.
She is a recovered heart patient from the SOMC Heart and
“We started this luncheon to raise awareness about heart
disease and February is American Heart Month,” said Crystal
Sherman, special projects coordinator for the event. “A
faculty member also will be speaking on healthy heart
For the first time, the American Heart Association has
defined "ideal cardiovascular health," identifying seven
health factors and lifestyle behaviors that support heart
The association created the definition as part of its effort
to achieve its new national goal: By 2020, improve the
cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while
reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by
20 percent. This will be the first time the American Heart
Association has adopted better health as a principal goal.
In a recent survey of adult Americans, the association found
39 percent said they thought they had ideal heart health;
however, 54 percent of those (and 70 percent of all
respondents) said a health professional had told them they
had a risk factor for heart disease and/or needed to make a
lifestyle change to improve their heart health. These
findings indicate most people don't associate important risk
factors, such as poor diet and physical inactivity, with
To help people improve their heart health, the American
Heart Association has developed a new online resource – My
Life Check (www.heart.org/MyLifeCheck).
The short assessment easily identifies the seven goals for
ideal health and notes where a person is on the spectrum,
while additional tools and information offer specific action
steps to improve the measurements and track personal
progress toward better health.
Friday, Feb. 5 is National Wear Red Day to support “Go Red
Day for Women” where everyone is encouraged to wear red to
raise awareness about heart disease in women.