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Know Your Numbers

Stratford Health Department to Offer Free Health Screenings.

It’s February – American Heart Month – a time when the nation spotlights heart disease, the No. 1 killer of Americans. The Stratford Health Department will be conducting free health screenings under their “Know Your Numbers” campaign at Town Hall, the Stratford Library, South End Community Center and Stratford YMCA. February is American Heart Month and the Stratford Health Department is encouraging all residents to participate in free heart health screenings.

Dates:

Wednesday, February 1st, 2023        10:00 AM –12:00 PM (Town Hall)

Wednesday, February 8th, 2023        10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Stratford Library)

Wednesday, February 15th, 2023      10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (South End Community Center)

Wednesday, February 22nd 2023       10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Stratford YMCA)

“Know Your Numbers” campaign is part of an overall strategy created by the Health Improvement Alliance, comprised of Bridgeport Hospital, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, community health centers Optimus and Southwest and health departments of Bridgeport, Stratford, Fairfield, Trumbull, Monroe and Milford.

“We want to raise awareness of heart disease and diabetes among residents of Stratford, especially the underserved,” said Andrea Boissevain, Stratford’s Health Director, adding “this campaign helps people make informed health decisions based on their own personal health data.”

Throughout the month, the American Heart Association’s “Heart to Heart: Why Losing One Woman Is Too Many” campaign will raise awareness about how 1 in 3 women are diagnosed with heart disease annually.  The first Friday of American Heart Month, February 5th, is also National Wear Red Day as part of the AHA’s Go Red for Women initiative. Coast to coast, landmarks, news anchors and neighborhoods go red to raise awareness and support for the fight against heart disease. For more information on the event and other activities during the month, visit goredforwomen.org.

This year, the federally designated event is even more important due to the impact of the coronavirus on the public’s heart health, including potential harmful effects on the heart and vascular system, according to recent research.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people delayed or avoided going to hospitals for heart attacks and strokes – netting poorer outcomes and prompting the AHA to create “Don’t Die of Doubt,” a national awareness campaign that reminds people that hospitals are the safest place to go when you have symptoms.

The “Know Your Numbers” campaign teaches individuals the link between personal health data such as blood pressure, blood sugar and overall health. Promoting free health screenings connects people with information about their health, connecting them with primary care doctors. Visit www.gethealthct.org or https://www.stratfordct.gov/KYN for more information on Know Your Numbers.

For questions, please call the Stratford Health Department at 203-385-4090.

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