Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation recently held its annual Happy Heart Luncheon, which raises awareness of women’s heart disease. The luncheon raised nearly $10,000 and all funds raised from the event will go to support cardiac projects at Ephraim McDowell Health. It was held at Brady Hall on the Kentucky School for the Deaf campus and was a sell-out, with 175 attendees.
“We are thrilled this event has been embraced by the community,” said Keith Bridges, executive director of Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation. “We are accomplishing our goal of raising awareness of the dangers of heart disease and how to combat it, while at the same time raising money for heart-related projects in our communities.”
The event featured three speakers: cardiologist Gary Grigsby, M.D., dietitian Janet Fluty and McDowell Wellness Center director Dee Coffey. Grigsby discussed the risk factors for heart disease, the ways to prevent heart disease and the fact it is the number one killer of women. Fluty showed the attendees how a delicious dinner can be heart healthy, as well as small ways to make foods they love healthier for them.
Finally, Coffey ended the luncheon with a burst of energy as staff and volunteers from the wellness center performed a fun dance routine attendees could do at home in order to increase their heart rate.
The Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation has partnered with Farmers National Bank to present all of its events this year. Other sponsors for the Happy Heart Luncheon include Community Trust Bank, Constellation NewEnergy, Stuart Powell Ford Lincoln Mazda and Access Closure.
For more information on the Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation or to donate to the foundation, call (859) 239-2419 or visit the foundation website at www.emhealth. org/donateonline.