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Originally published: 2014-02-04 12:07:41
Last modified: 2014-02-04 12:08:27

Heart Shape health fair

by Sherrie Norris

Heart Shape is more than a physical description of a Valentine's Day icon.

It's an event free and open to the public, and an opportunity to have fun while learning about heart health and related services available in the High Country.
Appalachian Regional Healthcare is officially kicking off Heart Month by sponsoring its second annual Heart Shape event on from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center in Boone.

The event is shaping up to be four-hour journey toward improved health, with free fitness classes, cooking demonstrations and more.

Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the Wellness Center, while learning how to implement needed changes in their day-to-day routine and improve their heart health.

The event will feature what organizers are calling "a comprehensive health fair" with a variety of free screenings and information about services provided by the ARHS.
Blood pressure checks, heart rate and pulse oximetry (a simple test to measure the amount of oxygen in the blood) will be offered, as well as information on related programs and therapies, including Healthy Hearts and Silver Sneakers, the THRIVE: Transition to Wellness program, cardiac rehab, pulmonary rehab,  diabetes self-management, blood sugar screening and stroke risk assessments.

The first 30 participants to visit the cardiology table on Saturday may schedule a free pocket electrocardiogram at the Cardiology Center. EKG vouchers will be sold afterward for $20.

As part of the event, and in keeping with its popular Health Talk series, ARHS is hosting a two-part mini-seminar beginning at 10 a.m. The first session, "Atrial Fibrillation," will be led by Andrew Hordes, cardiologist, followed at 11 a.m. with "Cardiac Disease," by Joseph Helak, cardiologist.

The talks are rare opportunities for the public to hear directly from noted experts on heart health and to be able to ask related questions, event organizers said. Door prizes will also be given out following the talks.
To familiarize participants with some of the area's medical services will be representatives from AppUrgent Care, Seby B. Jones Cancer Center, Grandfather Specialty Clinic and Jefferson Specialty Clinic, Appalachian Regional Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center and Appalachian Regional Medical Associates.

Those who have been thinking about trying Zumba, yoga or other fitness routines will be able to give them a try during the following free class times at the event:
- Spin Class: 9:15 a.m.  to 10:15 a.m.

- Zumba: 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

- Yoga: 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

- Water Fitness: 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Heart Shape participants will be treated to healthy snacks throughout the morning, provided by Earth Fare and Bare Essentials. A healthy cooking demonstration will be offered at noon.

The Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center is located at 232 Boone Heights Drive in Boone.
For more information about Heart Shape, visit or call (828) 268-8960.