HSHS St. Joseph’s Heart Health Program Raises Heart Disease Awareness

The Center for Cardiac Rehab & Wellness at HSHS St. Joseph’s Highland hosted the fifth annual Poker Heart Walk at the Korte Rec Center on Friday, Feb. 12. The event is presented each year to the community to raise awareness about heart disease.

The annual event offers activities for adults and children, as well as information about heart disease, managing the disease, and how to lower risks for developing the disease. This year’s event included presentations by Dr. Pavan Gupta of Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants, Cindy Hartman, a registered dietitian at St. Joseph’s Highland, and St. Joseph’s Cardiac Rehab patients Jeff Summers and Steve Gnaedinger, who talked about the success they have had adopting healthy lifestyles to reverse their own heart disease. Medical screenings were conducted throughout the evening and kids ages 12 and under participated in an inflatable obstacle course.

“We appreciate the support of the community as we promote awareness of a largely preventable disease,” said Patricia Noe, Program Coordinator for the Center for Cardiac Rehab & Wellness at St. Joseph’s Highland. “Thank you to Mayor Michaelis for proclaiming February as heart awareness month in Highland, the Korte Rec Center for their partnership, and Compustitch for donating their services.”

Several prizes and giveaways were awarded throughout the evening. This year’s winners are:

Grand Prize (Fit Bit HR) – Laurie Frank

12 & Under Grand Prize (bicycle) – Cecelia Jansen

2nd Place (3 month Korte Rec Center pass) – John Hudspeth and Kimberly Moore

3rd Place (10 visit pass to Korte Rec Center) – Eleanor Gregory

Attendance Prize (fleece Heart 2 Heart shirt) – Melissa Chapman

Attendance Prize (cooling towel/Korte Rec Center pass) – Peggy Korte

Attendance Prize (Heart 2 Heart sweatshirt) – Keith Frank

Attendance Prize (Heart 2 Heart hand towel/pedometer/Korte Rec Center Pass) – Pat Evans

Attendance Prize (Heart 2 Heart blanket/Korte Rec Center Pass) – Billy Blackmon

Attendance Prize (blender cup/Korte Rec Center Pass) – Clay Wiender

Attendance Prize (water bottle/Korte Rec Center Pass) – Jeff Summers

Attendance Prize (fleece Heart 2 Heart shirt/Korte Rec Center Pass) – Adam Richter

Attendance Prize (fruit basket/Korte Rec Center Pass) – Margie Capelle

Attendance Prize (Heart 2 Heart blanket/Korte Rec Center Pass) – Barb Bellm

Attendance Prize (Heart 2 Heart backpack/Korte Rec Center Pass) – Gail Rosenkrauz

Attendance Prize (Heart 2 Heart hand towel/pedometer/Korte Rec Center Pass) – Lisa Henss

For more information about the Poker Walk or the Center for Cardiac Rehab & Wellness, please contact Amy Liefer, Director of Communications at St. Joseph’s Highland at 618-651-2589.