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SXU participates in National Woman’s Heart Day Health Fair

School of Nursing helps provide free, life-saving heart screenings

Chicago (Jan. 30, 2007) – Free heart screenings with follow-up consultation will be offered during the National Woman’s Heart Day Health Fair from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, in the lobby of the Merchandise Mart in Chicago.

Sister to Sister: Everyone Has A Heart Foundation Inc.® is sponsoring the one-day event. Saint Xavier University’s School of Nursing will provide a volunteer staff of 36 master’s- and doctorate-level faculty members, students and others to register participants, measure vital signs and conduct counseling. 

The screenings will measure body mass index and test blood pressure, blood glucose and total cholesterol as well as HDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Attendees will receive instant results and a personal health consultation conducted by advanced-practice nurses. 

At last year’s event, 40 percent of the participants discovered they had two or more risk factors for heart disease. Many were unaware that one-third of American women will die of heart disease, taking more than 500,000 lives each year.

“This is a tremendous value offered free of charge,” said SXU School of Nursing Dean Anne Bavier. “I believe strongly in the benefits of this program, and the Saint Xavier School of Nursing is delighted to continue its participation and leadership in giving women specific information about their health.”

Exhibits at the Health Fair will include:
•Cooking demonstrations featuring heart-healthy recipes with local chef Shelley Young of The Chopping Block 
•Exercise trainers offering suggestions for increasing activity
•Medical professionals providing information on heart disease risk factors such as diabetes, obesity, smoking and stress 
•Free massages
•Giveaways and prizes

The Health Fair will include exhibits and demonstrations as well as panel discussions on such topics as menopause, the effects of statins and other cardiac medications, the importance of avoiding obesity, and heart-friendly exercise. 
The Chicago location of the National Woman’s Heart Day Health Fair is one of 16 offered around the nation as part of the growing women’s heart health movement. The Sister to Sister Foundation began in 2000 in Washington, D.C., and now offers events in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, N.C., Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Fla., Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix and St. Louis. 

The Sister To Sister-Everyone Has A Heart Foundation is the only national organization that focuses solely on women’s heart disease screening and prevention. The organization was founded by its president, Irene Pollin, wife of Washington Wizards owner Abe Pollin. The couple lost two children to heart disease. 

Last year’s Chicago Health Fair event drew more than 2,500 attendees, with more than one-third taking advantage of the free heart health screenings. 

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What:        National Woman’s Heart Day® Health Fair
When:       Friday, February 16, 2007, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where:      LUXEHOME Merchandise Mart, 
                 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago
Admission: Free

Local Sponsors:  Harris Bank, NBC5, WLIT-FM Radio/Clear Channel, For Her Information magazine and the City of Chicago

National Sponsors: sanofi aventis, a pharmaceutical company; Quaker, Tropicana, America Online, Discovery Health Channel, Woman’s Day; the Office on Women’s Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; the Office of Research on Women’s Health in the National Institutes of Health; the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the NIH; and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier University was the first Mercy college in the United States and is Chicago’s oldest Catholic university. Serving approximately 5,700 students at its campuses in Chicago, Orland Park and its Loop location, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Recognizing Saint Xavier’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest.