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Banner Health Centers host heart health events


PHOENIX (Feb. 7, 2014) – Banner Health is committed to helping prevent the nation’s number one killer – cardiovascular disease - as it launches a nearly two-month long series of events and a webinar devoted to both education and getting our communities out and moving. Activities begin in February which is American Heart Month.

The webinar, “30 Minutes to a Healthy Heart,” is the starting point. This half-hour webinar presented by Dr. David Patchett, a Banner Medical Group family medicine physician, will start at noon MST on Feb. 20 and is focused on what you need to know about heart health. Dr. Patchett’s presentation will focus on small changes you can make in your everyday life to improve your heart health, followed by a question and answer session.

Next up is Day of Dance from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Banner Health Centers in Surprise, Gilbert and Maricopa. Day of Dance occurs all over the United States on Feb. 22 in celebration of American Heart Month and is part of the national Spirit of Women campaign to promote healthy lifestyle choices through education and activities like dancing, movement and healthy eating.

Local dance studios and fitness groups will be on site, helping to get your blood moving. In addition to the exercises, participants will have an opportunity to explore educational booths and take the Heart Age Test. The event is free and registration is not required.

Starting March 1, at the same three Banner Health Centers, you can “Walk with a Doc” for more heart healthy activities.  Participants will be encouraged to come out for a light walk on Saturday mornings leading up to the Heart Walk on March 29. Walkers will work up to the 3.1 mile Heart Walk distance while engaging with primary care providers in their community.

Walks start at 9 a.m. at the Banner Health Centers in Gilbert, 155 E. Warner Road; Maricopa, 17900 N. Porter Road; and Surprise, 13995 W. Statler Blvd. “Walk with a Doc” is free and open to the public; registration is not required. Each week provides a new theme, including giveaways and increasing distance goals:

  • Saturday, Mar. 1: A half-mile walk
    Kick off to heart health with information regarding the Heart Walk, ways to register and how to get involved with the Banner Health Heart Walk team.
  • Saturday, Mar. 8: 1 mile walk with your dog
    Walkers are encouraged to bring their pets along for a walk. Local shelters will also be bringing dogs to the walk to give everyone a chance to walk with a four-legged friend.
  • Saturday, Mar. 15: 1.5 “singles” mile walk
    Participants will be given a chance to mingle with fellow residents, including an introduction to other singles in the area.
  • Saturday, Mar. 22: 2 mile walk with your love
    Bring along a loved one: child, parent, sweetheart. Banner Health encourages partnering up with someone special to improve each other’s heart health.
  • Saturday, Mar. 29: 3.1 mile Heart Walk and 1 mile Stroke Walk
    The Phoenix Heart Walk will start at 8 a.m. at Wesley Bolin Plaza in downtown Phoenix. Register for the walk.

Banner Medical Group (BMG), Banner Health's employed physician group, is a team of more than 1,000 physicians and more than 3,300 total employees located in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. BMG doctors and other providers care for patients in a variety of care settings. BMG primary care providers like pediatricians, internists, family medicine physicians and obstetrician/gynecologists staff Banner Health Clinics and Banner Health Centers.

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