Foundation announces 36 events in South Carolina
ROCK HILL, SC – Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, claiming the lives of over 600,000 Americans each year. According to recent reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 200,000 of these deaths could be prevented.* More than half of the deaths reported happened to women and men younger than 65 years of age. Studies show that for those who experience a heart attack before the age of 65, 80% will not survive the first event. In an effort to help more South Carolinians learn their risk for heart disease, and how to win the fight against our number one killer, The Heart2Heart Foundation has partnered with healthcare providers, community organizations, churches and civic groups to provide free heart health screenings and educational programs throughout Heart Month 2018.
The nonprofit organization, headquartered in Rock Hill, South Carolina, will be hosting and participating in more than 36 events in February. In 2015, the all-volunteer organization worked with the Office of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to expand the successful screening program created with Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill to other areas of the state. Since launching the Statewide Screening Day campaign, which quickly grew from the third Thursday in February to include the entire month, the initiative has provided heart disease risk assessments to more than 1,700 women and men in February of 2015, 2016 and 2017. Since the launch of The Heart2Heart Foundation in 2013, the organization has helped provide free heart disease risk assessments to approximately 5,800 women and men.
Participants through the #HowsYourTicker Statewide Heart Health Screening Campaign will receive a free basic heart health screening to include a check of cholesterol (lipid profile), blood pressure, glucose, BMI and review of risk factors for heart disease. Through these screenings, participants are assessed for risk level for heart attack and stroke and will receive information about additional screenings such as Coronary Artery Calcium Score as well as free educational materials to help them address current risk factors.
During Heart Month 2018, The Heart2Heart Foundation will hold:
2018 Queen of Hearts Gala – the annual red dress/red tie event celebrates and benefits the mission of The Heart2Heart Foundation. Visit www.QueenofHeartsGala.org for details
• Saturday, February 3 at McBryde Hall at Winthrop University in Rock Hill
• Proceeds fund the organization’s #HowsYourTicker heart health screening campaigns, educational programs, advance screening scholarships for at-risk women and the Back2School Block Party held in August
• The event features recognition of the 2017 award recipients for the contributions toward the success of the Back2School Block Party which provided free screenings, resourced and school supplies to more than 2,000 students in 2016/2017
– Heroes with Heart Award recipient: Serena Williams of Rock Hill School District 3
– Outstanding Community Partner recipient: Eta Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
– Companies with Heart Award recipients: Rock Hill Galleria and Media Zeus
To find out more about the Gala., Watch this Talk of the Town video
#HowsYourTicker Statewide Heart Health Screening Campaign – visit www.StatewideScreeningDay.com for locations
• Around 24 events are currently scheduled including events at the State House in Columbia and Bon Secours Arena in Greenville on Thursday, February 15
• Current goal for heart health screenings is for 1,000 women and men during February 2018
• The statewide screening campaign is sponsored by Williams & Fudge, Inc., a national accounts receivable management company headquartered in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
Educational Programs & Presentations
• In addition to the screening events, The Heart2Heart Foundation will be providing 10 free educational presentations to community, corporate, faith-based and civic organizations. A current list of presentations is available on the organizations’s website at https://www.theheart2heartfoundation.org/calendar
• The Heart2Heart Foundation will also be an exhibitor at Palmetto Health’s 10th Annual Women at Heart on Saturday, February 24 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center form 8:00am-1:30pm. For more information or to register for this free event, please visit: https://www.palmettohealth.org/classes-events/community-outreach/community-health-initiatives/women-at-heart
ABOUT THE HEART2HEART FOUNDATION
The mission of The Heart2Heart Foundation is to inspire and enable women and their loved ones to take action that prevents heart attack, stroke, and premature death.