Halifax Health to Promote Heart Disease Awareness with Mobile Mural, Interactive Seminar

(January 31, 2017) -- Halifax Health will commemorate Heart Month with an array of activities that will take place throughout February, including the unveiling of the "Your Heart Matters" mobile mural and an interactive seminar for women – Girlfriends’ Guide to A Healthy Heart.

“We’re very excited about this initiative and being able to share important information on how to maintain a healthy heart through simple lifestyle changes in a fun and interactive way,” says Margaret Crossman, MD, interim chief medical officer for Halifax Health.  “With the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County reporting that from 2010-2014 our county had higher death rates from heart disease than the state – and that heart disease is the leading cause of death in Volusia County – we’re determined to reach as many members of our community as possible, including our own families, friends, and neighbors, as well as Halifax Health’s more than 4,000 employees.”

In February, Volusia County residents will be encouraged to follow the “heART Path” of the "Your Heart Matters" mobile mural created by Ormond Beach-based artist Beth O’Connor in partnership with Halifax Health.  Specially designed to spread heart health awareness in Volusia County in a unique way, the mural will travel to select heart healthy businesses throughout the month.  The mural will be unveiled on Friday, February 3 at La’s Bistro, 439 South Nova Road in Ormond Beach, during an event that will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  The evening will include dining specials on the restaurant’s heart healthy menu, red wine tastings, relaxing massage stations and more.  The community is invited to be part of the unveiling to kick off the awareness campaign.   

Residents are encouraged to visit and take photographs with the "Your Heart Matters" mural at the following businesses.  Halifax Health asks that those who take photographs and post them onto social media use the hashtag #myheartmatters. 

Each of these businesses will offer special promotions and activities while hosting the mural:     

February 3-5 – La’s Bistro, 439 South Nova Road, Ormond Beach

February 6-12 – Halifax Health Medical Center, France Tower, 303 N. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Daytona Beach

February 13-15 – Love Whole Foods, 275 Williamson Boulevard, Ormond Beach

February 16-18 – Wine-Me, 204 South Beach Street, Daytona Beach

February 19-22 – Port Orange Family YMCA, 4701 City Center Parkway, Port Orange

February 23-26 – Yoga Bala, 4639 South Clyde Morris Boulevard, Suite 105, Port Orange

For details on the “heART Path” specials and promotions at these participating businesses, visit halifaxhealth.org/heartpath.

On February 11, Halifax Health Medical Center of Daytona Beach will host Girlfriends’ Guide to A Healthy Heart, an interactive seminar for women.  Attendees will enjoy a delicious brunch and learn how to care for their hearts during these fun and unique learning sessions:

  • Opening Keynote Speaker: Lessons From Your Fairy Heart Mother, presented by Eileen M. Handberg, PhD, ARNP – University of Florida Health
  • Lettuce Cook: Live Food Prep Demonstrations for A Healthy Heart, presented by Kale Café’s Camille Holder-Brown and Halifax Health dietitians
  • Don’t Worry About It: How to Cope with Stress and Anxiety, presented by health and wellness behavioral therapist Mark Spivey, MA, LCSW – Halifax Health
  • Mindfulness Meditation: Learn the Practice of Meditation, presented by facilitator Michael Kane – Natural Meditation Community of East Central Florida

“Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women in the United States, so our Girlfriends’ Guide to A Healthy Heart seminar is really of importance to every woman who aspires to live a healthier life,” says Dr. Crossman. 

To register for this free event, go to halifaxhealth.org/myheart.  Space is limited.  

Halifax Health

Recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, Halifax Health serves Volusia and Flagler counties, providing a continuum of healthcare services through a network of organizations including a tertiary hospital, community hospital, psychiatric services, a cancer treatment center with four outreach locations, the area’s largest hospice, a center for inpatient rehabilitation, primary care walk-in clinics, a walk-in clinic specializing in women’s health, two community clinics, three children’s medical practices, a home healthcare agency, and an exclusive provider organization.  Halifax Health offers the area’s only Level II Trauma Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Emergency Department, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Services, complete Neurosurgical Services, OB Emergency Department and Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that cares for babies born as early as 28 weeks.  For more information, visit halifaxhealth.org.