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February is Heart Month at BestHealth®

Inclement weather policy: When Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools are closed due to weather, BestHealth events are cancelled.

Monday, Feb. 2
Becoming Mindful: Nutrition, exercise & self-care
1 p.m. Distractions and discouragement can sidetrack intentions to live a full, healthy life. Join Women’s Heart Health Coordinator Susan Butler, R.N., for a discussion on overcoming barriers to making permanent changes. Sponsored by the Heart Center of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Tuesday, Feb. 3
12-Lead EKG Screening
10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Do you have a family history of early heart disease? Does your heart skip a beat? If so, you can have your heart rhythm checked with a 12-lead EKG. A Forsyth County EMS paramedic will review your results with you. Free but an appointment is required. Sponsored by Forsyth County EMS and the Heart Center of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Tuesday, Feb. 3
Chest Pain: What does it really mean?
6:30 p.m. Dr. Chad Miller from the Wake Forest Baptist Emergency Department shares what doctors are thinking when you complain of shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea and chest pain as well as tests you can expect such as a 12- lead EKG. Sponsored by the Heart Center of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Wednesday, Feb. 4
HEART-Y Meals
3 to 4:30 p.m. Join Chef Nikki Miller-Ka and learn how to incorporate soluble fiber, mono- and polyunsaturated fat and omega-3-rich foods into your daily meal plan. Recipes and samples provided. Sponsored by the Heart Center of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Saturday, Feb. 7
Varicose Vein Screening
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dr. John Regan of Wake Forest Baptist Interventional Radiology will screen individuals for varicose veins. Bring shorts to wear during the screening. Free, but an appointment is required.

Monday, Feb. 9
Carotid Intima Medial Thickness
11 a.m. Join Wake Forest Baptist neurologist Dr. Charles Tegeler as he explains carotid intima medial thickness and noninvasive ultrasound testing that can evaluate risk for heart disease and stroke in apparently healthy individuals age 45 or older.

Monday, Feb. 9
Super Foods & the “New” Mediterranean Diet
3 p.m. Wake Forest Baptist registered dietitian Mary Martha Smoak and Susan Butler, R.N., discuss the super foods of the food pyramid and how to best incorporate a heart-healthy Mediterranean diet into your daily nutrition. Sponsored by the Heart Center of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Wednesday, Feb. 11
Getting to Know Your "EF"
6 p.m. The term "ejection fraction" refers to the percentage of blood pumped out of a filled ventricle with each heartbeat. This measures the capacity at which your heart is pumping. Wake Forest Baptist cardiologist Dr. Vinay Thohan explains why ejection fraction is important and what can be done to make improvements. Registration required. Sponsored by the Heart Center of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Thursday, Feb. 12
Vein, Vein, Go Away!
6 p.m. Looking for a way to hide unsightly, bulging veins without extreme pain and discomfort? Wake Forest Baptist radiologist Dr. John D. Regan discusses new, less invasive alternatives to traditional surgical treatment for varicose veins.

Friday, Feb. 13
Massage for Couples
5:30 p.m. Join a Wake Forest Baptist massage therapist to learn basic self-massage and massage techniques for shoulders, neck, back, arms, hands, legs and feet. Wear loose-fitting clothing and bring a pillow and blanket to class. $5 per person. Registration required.

Saturday, Feb. 14
Heart Health Screening
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Make an appointment for a free cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol), glucose and body mass index (BMI) screening. Appointment required. Sponsored by the Heart Center of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Tuesday, Feb. 17
HeartMath®
5 p.m. Change your life one heartbeat at a time by join Deborah Larrimore, R.N., B.S.N., HeartMath trainer, for a one-hour introductory lecture on new, exciting information about transforming your stress by listening to your heart. Science now supports that the human heart actually has brain cells, and that human kindness changes the chemistry within our bodies. Sponsored by the Heart Center of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Tuesday, Feb. 17
WomenHeart Support Group
6:30 p.m. WomenHeart of Winston-Salem is a new group offering support and information for women with heart disease. Registration required. Sponsored by the Heart Center of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Wednesday, Feb. 18
12-Lead EKG Screening
1 to 8 p.m. Do you have a family history of early heart disease? Does your heart skip a beat? If so, you can have your heart rhythm checked with a 12-lead EKG. A Forsyth County EMS paramedic will review your results with you. Free, but an appointment is required. Sponsored by Forsyth County EMS and the Heart Center of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Thursday, Feb. 19
Cholesterol-free Cuisine
6 to 7:30 p.m. Help stop the blockage. Learn how to prepare cholesterol-free recipes with Chef Barry Moody. Recipes and samples provided. Sponsored by the Heart Center of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Friday, Feb. 20
Physical Therapy after Orthopaedic Surgery: What you need to know.
4 p.m. If you’re considering any type of orthopaedic surgery – such as knee, hip or shoulder replacement – join Wake Forest Baptist physical therapist Kristie Parker to learn what to expect during your post surgery physical therapy.

Tuesday, Feb. 24
Diabetes Control for a Healthy Heart
6 p.m. Join Sonya Jeffries, M.S.N., N.P., C.D.E., of the Wake Forest Baptist Diabetes Care Center to learn how important it is to control diabetes and maintain a healthy heart. Sponsored by the Heart Center of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Wednesday, Feb. 25
Fitness Testing
1 to 6 p.m. How well can your heart manage a six-minute walking test? Dr. Pete Brubaker of Wake Forest University Health and Exercise Science conducts free fitness testing and checks your body mass index (BMI) to indicate your risk for heart disease. Appointment required. Sponsored by the Heart Center of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Wednesday, Feb. 25
Does the Shoe Fit?
3 to 5 p.m. Physical Therapist Per Kristian Moerk of Wake Forest Baptist Sports Medicine evaluates your foot type and helps determine the most appropriate walking or running shoes. Wearing the correct type of shoe when starting a new fitness program helps prevent common overuse injuries. Free, but an appointment is required. Sponsored by the Heart Center of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Wednesday, Feb. 25
Exercise Your Heart
6 p.m. Dr. Pete Brubaker of Wake Forest University Health and Exercise Science shares tips for developing an exercise plan that’s right for you and ideal for your heart. Sponsored by the Heart Center of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Thursday, Feb. 26
Trans Fats
6 p.m. BestHealth registered dietitian Amy Fanjoy explains the different types of fat consumed in the diet, including their risks and benefits. Learn how to identify foods that contain trans fat despite clever nutrition label loopholes. Sponsored by the Heart Center of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Friday, Feb. 27
Thyroid Trouble?
3 p.m. Wake Forest Baptist endocrinologist Dr. Cynthia Burns discusses the diagnosis of and treatments for thyroid disease.

Saturday, Feb. 28
Pretty Pantry, Healthy Heart
1 p.m. Protect your heart with heart-healthy staples. Chef Alex Swaim shows you how to use tasty foods in your pantry to prepare a delicious meal. Sponsored by the Heart Center of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

BestHealth events held at other locations.

Friday, Feb. 6
Red Dress Fashion Show, Belk Court
6:30 to 8 p.m. BestHealth, Belk and the Wake Forest Baptist Heart Center kick off Heart Month with this fun and engaging presentation of fashion and survival. Models ranging in age from the very young to the young-at-heart show off the latest fashions and share their stories of heart disease. Registration is not required. Held in Belk Court at Hanes Mall. Sponsored by the Heart Center of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.


All seminars and screenings are held at BestHealth in Hanes Mall unless otherwise noted and require preregistration unless otherwise indicated. To register for any of these seminars, please call Health On-Call® at 716-2255 or 1-800-446-2255 or visit the website at www.besthealth.com.

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