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Whidbey General Celebrates American Heart Month in February

Whidbey General wants you to have a healthy heart! This February, in recognition of American Heart Month, we offer classes, events and services to keep your heart beating strong and long.

To learn more about any activity listed below, contact our Life Center for Essential Wellness at 360-678-7656, ext. 2130 or 360-321-7656, ext. 2130.  


Learn About Congestive Heart Failure-Free Class!

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 18 and 25 at 2 p.m., Whidbey General Life Center

Life Center logoThis free, one-hour class is open to anyone who has been diagnosed with heart failure or who cares for someone with heart failure. Learn what heart failure is, what causes it and how to recognize its signs and symptoms.

Registration encouraged but not required. Bring heart-related questions and concerns about medications, diet and symptom management. This class will be repeated every Tuesday for the remainder of 2014.

Email Kim Arends, BSN, RN or call 360-678-7656, ext. 2130 or 360-321-7656, ext. 2130.


Abdominal Deep Breathing and Relaxation-Free Class!

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Whidbey General Life Center

 Too much tension and stress can harm your heart. Learn to reduce tension and stress by attending this free one-hour class, which is available on the first Wednesday of each month. Learn more. 


Free Heartwise Health Screenings for Women

Heart of a WomanIf you are a woman living on Whidbey Island who cannot afford health screenings, Whidbey General can help. Free Heartwise cholesterol/blood sugar screenings are available through Heart of a Woman, a program established by the three Whidbey Island Soroptimist groups. Learn your risk factors and preventive actions to improve heart health. No doctor referral is needed.

The Red Dress Ball takes place Feb. 1 in Coupeville and supports the Heart of a Woman program.

To request a free Heart of a Woman screening, call 360-678-7656, ext. 2130 or 360-321-7656, ext 2130.


Heartwise Screenings at Whidbey General

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings in February and all year long, by appointment

Janie Keilwitz, RNHeartwise screenings at Whidbey General are open to the public. A blood sample will help you learn if you are at risk for heart attack and stroke.

A registered nurse will discuss lab results, cardiac risk factors and preventive actions. Individual screenings are $65. Fasting required prior to screening. Learn more about Heartwise screenings. 


Heartwise Screenings at Island Athletic Club

Get your Heartwise screening at the Island Athletic Club in Freeland between 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the following Wednesdays and Thursdays in February:

Feb. 5 and 6
Feb. 12 and 13
Feb. 19 and 20

A registered nurse will discuss results, cardiac risk factors and preventive actions. Screenings are $50. Fasting required prior to screening. Learn more about Heartwise screenings. 

Call the Island Athletic Club at 360-331-2582 to schedule your Heartwise screening appointment.


Heart Failure Awareness Week-Free Program!

Tuesday, Feb. 11 and Thursday, Feb. 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Whidbey General Hospital lobby

Kim Arends, RNAre you or a family member suffering from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or obesity? Have you had a heart attack or suffered damage to your heart valves?

Learn how to take better care of your heart at this program, which includes a free blood pressure check, education on heart failure and information about related services such as free heart screenings for women, free relaxation classes, free tobacco counseling and much more!

Email Kim Arends, BSN, RN or call 360-678-7656, ext. 2130 or 360-321-7656, ext. 2130. 


Quit Tobacco, Your Heart Will Love You For It-Free Classes!

Any month is a great time to quit using tobacco.

Katherine RiddleBecoming Tobacco Free is led by certified tobacco treatment specialist Katherine Riddle, who used tobacco for 20 years and has been tobacco free for 18 years. The program includes both a one-hour information session and a four-week program designed to help you enjoy freedom from tobacco.

There is no cost to attend.

The next one-hour information session meets Feb. 19 and the next four-week program begins March 5.

Call 360-678-7656, ext. 2130 or 360-321-7656, ext. 2130 to learn more or email Katherine Riddle, RRT,CTTS.


Diabetes Prevention and Management

Line Goulet, RNMany people with diabetes go on to develop heart problems. Diabetes Prevention is a free two-hour class where participants learn how diabetes may be avoided through simple lifestyle changes such as healthier eating and being more active. Sessions will be held Saturday, Feb. 22 and Saturday, April 12. Learn more about Preventing Diabetes.


The Diabetes Health Group, which is sponsored by the Whidbey General Diabetes Program, is an accredited provider of diabetes education by both Medicare and private insurances. Learn more.


Whidbey Wellness

Whidbey Wellness has been helping people lead more vibrant, healthier lives since 2004. Led by exercise physiologist Mary Waters, Whidbey Wellness meets in the Life Center for Essential Wellness on Tuesdays and Thursdays for eight weeks.

Each session includes 45 minutes of education and 45 minutes of exercise.

The program is designed to improve health in individuals who have experienced difficulty losing weight and achieving wellness.

Sessions are scheduled to begin March 4 and May 6.



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