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Capital BlueCross goes Red for American Heart Month

Company calls attention to women’s heart health on National Wear Red Day

CEO Gary D. St. Hilaire serving as 2016 American Heart Association Heart Walk Chair

Harrisburg, Pa. (Feb. 5, 2016) – Heart attacks can be more deadly for women than for men. In fact, women are less likely to survive a heart attack. To call attention to women’s heart health and ways to stay healthy, Capital BlueCross employees wore red and the company hosted an educational event today, National Wear Red Day, at its headquarters in Harrisburg.

The event, part of American Heart Month and the national Go Red for Women® movement, featured heart-healthy information from the America Heart Association and heart-healthy diet and exercise advice from Capital BlueCross care guides who work at the company’s Capital Blue store.

Cardiovascular disease and stroke kill one in three women each year according to the American Heart Association. Women also have a higher lifetime risk of stroke than men.

“About 90 percent of women have risk factors for heart disease and stroke, which is why it is so important to know your numbers related to heart health including blood pressure and cholesterol levels,” said Dr. Jennifer Chambers, Capital BlueCross senior vice president and chief medical officer. “Exercise is also key to keeping your heart healthy. About 30 minutes of moderate exercise, five times a week, is recommended.”

In addition to regular exercise, the proper diet is key to keeping your heart healthy.

“Choose lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, and lean meat and fish,” said Hilary Gillette, registered dietitian with Capital BlueCross. “When reading nutrition labels, look for foods with unsaturated fats, since they provide heart healthy benefits when you eat them in the correct proportions.”

It is important to recognize the symptoms of a heart attack and seek medical attention if you are concerned. Five common signs that a woman is having a heart attack are:

  • Pain in the neck, back, jaw or arm
  • Shortness of breath and fatigue
  • Discomfort in the center of the chest
  • Nausea and lightheadedness
  • Profuse sweating

Capital BlueCross President and CEO Gary D. St. Hilaire is serving as chair of the 2016 American Heart Association Capital Region Heart and Stroke Walk scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24, at 10 a.m. at Giant Center in Hershey. Those interested in participating individually or by gathering a team of walkers can visit the American Heart Association or call 717.730.1781 for information.

About Capital BlueCross

Capital BlueCross, headquartered in Harrisburg, Pa., is the leading health solutions and insurance company in central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. A partner in the community’s health for more than 75 years, Capital BlueCross offers insurance products, services and technology solutions that provide peace of mind to consumers and promote health and wellness for our members.

More than an insurer, the company delivers innovative solutions through a family of diversified businesses that are creating a healthier future and lowering health care costs. Among those solutions are patient-focused care models, private exchanges, leading-edge analytics, and digital health technologies. Additionally, Capital BlueCross is growing a network of Capital Blue stores that provide in-person service and inspiration to help people reach their health goals. Capital BlueCross is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit capbluecross.com.

Editor’s Note: Free heart healthy workshops and seminars are scheduled during February at our Capital Blue health and wellness stores:

Capital Blue store – Hampden Marketplace – 4500 Marketplace Way, Enola, 17025

High Blood Pressure - Feb. 5 & 16
11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Stress and Your Health – Feb. 12
11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Heart Disease – Feb. 17 & 25
11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

CPR and Cardiac Health – Feb. 19
11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

 

Capital Blue store -– The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley – 2845 Center Valley Pkwy, Center Valley, 18034

Organ Wise Guys Cardiovascular Health for Kids – Feb. 6
12 to 1 p.m.

Heart Disease – Feb. 10
1 to 2 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m.

CPR and Cardiac Health – Feb. 17
1 to 2 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m.

Be Free From Tobacco – Feb. 24
1 to 2 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m.

View our full schedule of classes for the CapitalBlue Store.