St. Joseph Regional Health Network will be putting a new twist on National Heart Month in February.
A Valentine's Day red dress and red tie dance, dubbed "Heart Fest," will emphasize the importance of social interaction and fun in keeping hearts healthy, said officials, adding that there's more to heart health than managing cholesterol and blood pressure numbers and eating healthy.
"When thinking about good heart health we naturally think about healthy foods, exercising, and knowing our numbers," said Danyelle Whalen, St. Joe's cardiovascular patient navigator. "But how many people think about social gatherings, dancing and music as a prescription for a healthy heart?"
Whalen manages "Heart Caring," a St. Joe's program that helps health care providers recognize that women have unique heart health care needs. Human emotion, she said, is strongly linked to heart health, raising and lowering blood pressure, speeding up or slowing down heart rate.
Heart Fest "is just what the doctor ordered," Whalen said. "It will make the connection between emotions and heart health. We don’t want to just tell people how good this is for their hearts; we want them to experience it."
Heart Fest, featuring the music of the John King Dance Band, will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 14 in the ballroom at the Crowne Plaza in Wyomissing. The cost is $15 per person if registered by Feb. 8; $25 per person thereafter. Tickets can be reserved online or bought at the door.