Colored gate instrumental in effort to raise heart health awareness
The regular lighting at the Bellin Health Gate at Lambeau Field will shine red on Friday evening as the Green Bay Packers and Bellin Health show their support for American Heart Month.
The month-long focus on heart health – first observed in the United States in 1963 as an acknowledgement of the severity of the fight against cardiovascular disease – seeks to create general awareness of heart disease in communities across the U.S.
The red lighting at the Bellin Health Gate will remain through the end of the month, serving as a healthy reminder to area residents and visitors at Lambeau Field.
The lighting is part of the Titletown Wellness initiative, an exclusive partnership formed by the Packers and Bellin to identify and implement initiatives – like heart health awareness – that improve the overall health and wellness of people in Northeast Wisconsin.
“It’s also a great opportunity to heighten the awareness that women are just as susceptible to heart disease as men,” said Kelly Galler Felmer, a clinical nurse specialist at Bellin. “Bright, red lights at the Bellin Health Gate will likely raise questions for onlookers and passersby, creating the opportunity to talk candidly about heart disease prevention and treatment. It’s a fun event and a great sight, but more importantly, it helps us build heart health awareness.”
As part of the heart health initiative, Bellin will offer special screening tests to help measure the risk of heart disease.
“We’re encouraging members of the public to allow us to help assess their risk for potential heart ailments,” said Tracy McCormick, Bellin’s Titletown Wellness liaison.
Bellin offers a $50 calcium scoring test and a $40 heart attack risk assessment, both are designed to measure an individual’s risk for heart disease.
“The tests will go a long way toward giving people concerned about their heart health some peace of mind,” Galler Felmer said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
• Every year, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack
• About 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States each year – that’s 1 out of every 4 deaths
• Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women
• Cardiovascular disease costs the U.S. $312.6 billion each year
• Heart disease is preventable and controllable
For more information on the calcium screening or the heart attack risk assessment, call Bellin Health at (920) 445-7373.
About Titletown Wellness
Titletown Wellness is an exclusive partnership formed by the Green Bay Packers and Bellin Health to identify and implement initiatives that improve the health and wellness of people in this region. Both organizations are working together to develop events and programs to positively impact the health of our community.