Family Heart Health Day at the Valparaiso Family YMCA - February 9, 2013

Courtesy of NWI Times

February 09, 2013 6:30 pm   •   Times Staff Report

VALPARAISO  |  The Valparaiso Family YMCA and Methodist Hospitals are partnering to offer a Family Heart Health Day from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 24. The health fair will be held at the Valparaiso Family YMCA and will offer free health screenings, exercise classes and demonstrations, physician seminars and healthy cooking demonstrations. Both Y members and members of the community are welcome to attend.

The event will also feature raffles, prizes and giveaways including a free one-year YMCA Family Membership and $100 gift cards every 45 minutes. Cholesterol and glucose lab screenings will be offered from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Twelve-hour fasting and pre-registration are required for these two screenings. To register, call (888) 909-3627.

This is the first initiative being offered as a result of the new health care partnership announced between the Valparaiso Family YMCA and Methodist Hospitals.

“This health fair is the official launch of our health care partnership with Methodist Hospitals, and we encourage the greater Valpo community to join in the celebration of health and learn about all the great services to come in the near future,” said Valparaiso Family YMCA CEO Bob Wanek.

“Methodist Hospitals will offer a robust menu of wellness programs at the Valpo YMCA. We are excited about this health care initiative, and we look forward to meeting and serving members of the Valparaiso community at this health fair,” said Ian McFadden, president and CEO of Methodist Hospitals.

The one-day health fair will offer sampler classes that allow visitors to try out the various offerings at the Y, such as Family Boot Camp, Zumba, Family Yoga and Group Cycling. The Health Fair will feature heart health screenings and other health and wellness screenings, such as Body Mass Index, grip strength, fall prevention and flexibility.

It will also offer cooking demonstrations that focus on healthy after-school snacks and creating heart-healthy meals.

Health information, physicians and experts from Methodist Hospitals will be on-site to discuss rehabilitation services, behavioral health, diabetes, neuroscience, heart and vascular health, bariatric surgery services and women’s services. Personnel from the Y will be on hand from the Wellness Team, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, Sports, Aquatics and Child Care.

For information, call Lee Baker, senior director of programs at the Valparaiso Family YMCA, at (219) 462-4185, ext. 260.