SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – To bring attention to the importance of heart health, state Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Swansea, is highlighting American Heart Month, and is inviting local seniors to a Health and Wellness Fair he is hosting in Granite City on March 12.
“Heart disease is often a silent killer and can impact any person at any age, so to protect yourself and keep your heart healthy it is important to get regular checkups with your doctor and learn your risk factors,” said Hoffman. “Taking small steps to improve your health, like incorporating more fruit and vegetables into your daily diet and going on walks, can generate great improvements in your heart health.”
February is designated as American Heart Month to bring attention to the importance of heart health, as heart disease is the leading killer of both men and women in the United States. To reduce your risk of heart disease, the American Heart Association encourages adults to make healthy food choices, manage their stress levels and aim for 150 minutes of exercise per week.
To help keep local seniors healthy and aware of services available to them, Hoffman is partnering with local lawmakers Rep. Monica Bristow and Rep. Katie Stuart to host a Health and Wellness Fair on March 12 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Granite City Township Center, located at 2060 Delmar Ave. Seniors and their family members are invited to stop by to meet with state and local providers and to learn more about resources available to older adults in the community.
“At my Health and Wellness Fair seniors will have the opportunity to get free health screenings for blood pressure and glucose, and mental health and personal wellness professionals will also be available for assistance,” continued Hoffman. “I encourage seniors to stop by my free Health and Wellness fair next month to learn more about how to keep their heart healthy and to support their overall wellness.”