On Feb. 8 Intermountain Medical Center is Hosting a Free Community Healthy Heart Fair for all Utahns

Jess Gomez




Utahns are invited to get heart healthy at the state’s largest community healthy heart fair on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 9 am to 1 pm.

The Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute’s 2014 free Community Healthy Heart Fair will be held at Intermountain Medical Center, 5121 South Cottonwood Street, in Murray.

Free health screenings, including blood pressure and body fat testing, will be offered at the fair, along with heart risk assessments, heart-healthy cooking demonstrations and many other fun heart-healthy activities. The heart fair is the state’s largest healthy heart event, and continues to grow. Last year, more than 4,000 people attended the event.

Physician seminars and cooking demonstrations include:

9:15 am: “Live Well and Live Longer” – John Day, MD, cardiologist, Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute.

10:30 am: “What is the New Smoking: Sitting or Sugar? The New Debate” – Liz Joy, MD, and Tamara Sheffield, MD.

Noon: “Heart-Healthy Recipes to Lighten Up Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner” – Chef Jennifer Burns and Intermountain Medical Center dietitian Amana Hindoian, RD, CD.

Participants will be able to talk to the region’s leading heart specialists about their heart health, see the latest heart treatment technology and learn more about new heart research.

Guests will also receive a health risk assessment to find out if they’re at risk for heart disease or diabetes. Oxygen saturation, body fat, heart rate and blood pressure will be measured. Participants will receive two risk scores: one for diabetes and one for heart disease. Depending on a person’s score, they may receive a free blood glucose test, an electrocardiogram (EKG), or both.

“There will be lots of resources and information available at the fair, so it’s a great opportunity for people to learn how they can take steps to enhance their heart health,” says Donald Lappe, MD, chief of cardiology at the Intermountain Heart Institute at Intermountain Medical Center.

An Intermountain Life Flight medical helicopter and EMS and fire trucks from Murray City Fire Department will be on display for kids.

There will also be interactive learning stations on nutrition and heart disease, an area focusing on women and heart disease and the Go Red for Women campaign, exercise demonstrations, healthy snacks and CPR demonstrations.

The Intermountain Heart Institute at Intermountain Medical Center is one of the nation’s premier heart centers, and has renowned heart experts in more than a dozen heart specialties, including artificial heart/mechanical support, heart rhythm disorders, structural heart disorders and heart surgery.

Registration for the fair is not necessary.

For additional information, call the Intermountain Heart Institute at Intermountain Medical Center at 801.507.4701.
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