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Published on January 25, 2011

Free heart-health fair February 5

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Brenda Moore (831) 625-4544
Communication and Marketing: (831) 625-4505 

MONTEREY, Calif. - Get free health screenings, talk to heart and nutrition experts, sample healthy foods and more at the second annual "Every Beat Counts" heart health fair at Del Monte Shopping Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 5.

The Tyler Heart Institute of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula is joining shopping center stores and the American Heart Association for a day of free health screenings and fun, including live music, cooking and exercise demonstrations, and an active-wear fashion show. Many stores will offer discounts, especially on items to help you get heart healthy.

Staff from Community Hospital will provide free blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose screenings and interpret the results. They'll also offer information on strokes, sleep apnea, smoking cessation, CPR, and Peninsula Wellness Center, Community Hospital’s Wellness Center, opening in Marina this spring. There will be "ask the experts" tables, with Richard Gray, MD, and Mike Barber, RN, both of Tyler Heart Institute, answering heart questions, and a registered dietitian answering nutrition questions.

Around the mall, visitors can listen to music by The Clamtones while sampling heart-healthy food from PF Chang's, California Pizza Kitchen, and Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks. Williams-Sonoma will have heart-healthy cooking demonstrations. Macy's will host an active-wear fashion show, the Body Shop will do hand massages, GNC will have samples, Fleet Feet Sports and Naturalizer will feature athletic shoes, and Lucy will offer an exercise class.

Community Hospital's bloodmobile will be in front of Century Theatres and shoppers are encouraged to donate blood to help meet community need.

Participants may pick up a "passport" at the health fair stations or participating stores. The stores will mark the passport at each stop and then it can be turned in for a prize drawing.

The event is being held as part of American Heart Month, promoted in February by the American Heart Association.

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Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, founded in 1934 and located at 23625 Holman Highway in Monterey, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 205 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at www.chomp.org.

Del Monte Shopping Center, at the intersection of Highway 1 and Munras Avenue in Monterey, features more than 75 unique shops, and restaurants and eateries, plus Macy's, Whole Foods Market, and Century Theatres. The spacious, open-air shopping center offers comfortable seating, beautiful landscaping, and ample parking for its shoppers. For more information on store listings, movie times, weekend entertainment, and special events, please call 1-888-I-SHOP-DM (888-474-6736) or visit www.shopdelmonte.com.

Every Beat Counts - Free Heart Health Fair at the Del Monte Center