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Your heart can always use a hand


Houston Healthcare has chosen, appropriately enough, Valentine’s Day week to host Go Red for Women: Promoting Awareness of Women’s Cardiovascular Health. It also happens to be National Cardiac Rehabilitation Awareness Week. The luncheon will be held 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Cary W. Martin Conference Center inside Houston Health Pavilion, 233 North Houston Road, Warner Robins. The W3 entrance leads into the conference center.

Guest speakers will talk about the signs and symptoms of heart disease and how to maintain good basic cardiovascular health. The cost is $15 per person in advance. Tickets are available at the EduCare office inside Houston Health Pavilion or in the administrative office of the Perry hospital, located at 1120 Morningside Drive in Perry. For more information about Go Red for Women, call 478-923-9771.

In fact, call that same number to receive the quarterly publication House Calls, which is a newsletter filled with timely seasonal health care information including workshops, lunch and learn events, and tips on check-in express at area med-stops and ERs. The current issue features articles about available flu vaccines and the recommended times to be vaccinated. There is also an article about athletic training and a program offered by Houston Healthcare in partnership with the Houston County Board of Education.

Check out the rest of the newsletter to learn about the benefits of 3-D mammography, patient hospital safety and National Doctor’s Day, which is March 30. In the center of the newsletter is a calendar of local seminars, classes and support group meetings that are particularly noteworthy for those interested in learning more about healthy habits, support classes and caregiving. The categories of events covered include general health and wellness; community CPR and first aid; senior care; accident prevention; diabetes management; maternal/child relations; asthma education; faith community nursing; education/support groups; and even a cooking school. Some of the classes offered are beginning and advanced tai-chi; cholesterol management; Georgia Tobacco Quit Line; Perry Senior Care and Centerville Senior Care; Safe Kids of Houston County accident prevention; AARP Driver Safety Program; diabetes exercise, management and nutrition; baby care boot camp and sibling class; Alzheimer’s education and support; A.W.A.K.E. sleep disorder; Down syndrome support group; multiple schlerosis support group; bereavement support groups; and many other quality of life programs offered.

Marsha Priest Buzzell is the executive director of the Warner Robins Convention & Visitors Bureau and may be contacted at 478-922-5100 or