Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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February 13, 2013

Phoebe Sumter has events, activities for Heart Awareness Month

AMERICUS — At Phoebe Sumter Medical Center, it continues to be all about the heart as more activities and events are announced in recognition of February being National Heart Awareness Month.

Phoebe Sumter joined thousands of individuals and organizations across the country on Feb. 1 by wearing red for Go Red for Women Day, which brought awareness to the fact that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States.

Next up, Phoebe Sumter will conduct free blood pressure screenings from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. today, Valentine’s Day at Wal-Mart and Winn-Dixie.

On Saturday, the Phoebe Sumter All-Stars will take on the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office in the second annual Healthy Heart Basketball Game. The game will take place at Americus Sumter High School South Campus Gymnasium. Game time is at 6 p.m., and all proceeds benefit local heart patients.

Finally, on Sunday, Feb. 24, Phoebe Sumter is asking all local churches to wear red in recognition of Heart Awareness Month.

“Heart disease doesn’t get the same attention at times as cancer and other diseases, so we just want to make sure we bring awareness to it and ways to take care of your heart,” said Marcus Johnson, marketing & PR director at Phoebe Sumter. “Heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined, and we know that there are things you can do to protect your heart and have overall better heart health. This entire month is about bringing these things into focus and thereby making our community healthier.”

For more information call 931-6812 or e-mail mjohnson@phoebesumter.org

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