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Take Charge of Your Heart Health

February 18, 2020

February is American Heart Month and Penn is providing staff and faculty with wellness opportunities to raise awareness about preventing heart disease and to offer guidance for healthier eating.

Preventative screenings are a good first step to healthier living. No-cost heart health preventative screenings are available at local MinuteClinic locations inside CVS pharmacies on February 13 and 20.

The screenings will provide you with the five key personal health numbers that can help determine your risk for heart disease: total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and body mass index.

“We know that nearly 80% of cardiac events can be prevented… MinuteClinic provides an easy and convenient way to get this important health data, during February and all year long,” says Angela Patterson, CVS MinuteClinic chief nurse practitioner officer, and CVS Health vice president.

To receive a free screening, visit to download and print a voucher then bring to a MinuteClinic registration kiosk. You can also use your mobile device to show the voucher to the provider after you register. To find a MinuteClinic near you click here.

After your screening, learn how your heart health is impacted by what you eat by attending Penn’s Eating for Heart Health workshop. The free workshop will be held on February 24 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in Houston Hall, Ben Franklin Room.

At Eating for Heart Health, Family Food Registered Dietician Christine Steerman, MA, RD, LDN, will talk with participants about recommended foods that protect the heart and those foods that can be enjoyed in moderation.

Register today for Eating for Heart Health and learn about the foods to fuel your heart.

For more information about wellness activities, visit the Wellness & Work-life website.