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City of Renton Helps You to Get to the Heart of the Matter

January 26, 2011

Mark Peterson, Fire Chief/Emergency Management Administrator 425-430-7000
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director 425-430-6569

Firefighters to offer free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings during Renton Heart Month campaign

RENTON - The City of Renton is looking to improve the heart health of city residents through the efforts of its fifth annual Renton Heart Month campaign. Mayor Denis Law kicked off the month with a proclamation that clearly emphasizes the importance of this life-saving citywide initiative. The Renton Fire & Emergency Services Department will lead this year’s efforts by providing free screenings to citizens throughout the month.

“We know that the chance of developing coronary heart disease can be reduced by taking steps to prevent and control factors that put people at the greatest risk,” said Mark Peterson, Fire Chief/Emergency Services Administrator. “Providing free screenings is the first step to helping people improve their cardiovascular health and live a longer healthier life.”

Residents are encouraged to visit their local fire station during regular business hours to receive a free screening or watch for firefighters who will be setting up screening stations in many local businesses throughout the month. For the location of the nearest Renton fire station visit rentonwa.gov.

A series of free and fun Renton Heart Month workshops has been scheduled at the Renton Senior Activity Center, 211 Burnett Avenue North, for citizens 50 years of age or older. You’re encouraged to stop by or call 425-430-6633 to reserve a seat. Topics include recognizing the early signs of a heart attack or stroke, the role CPR and AEDs play in the chances of survival, the benefits of a healthy diet and the positive impact exercise has on a person’s cardiovascular system.

Cardiovascular diseases continue to be this nation’s number one killer, affecting both men and woman of every age and race. However, women do have an increased risk; in fact, statistics show that one in every five women have some form of heart disease. Because of their increased risk, Valley Medical Center has teamed up with Renton Heart Month to host GLOW’s Red Dress Tea and Activewear Fashion Show. The event will be held on Sunday, February 27 from 2-4 p.m. at the Tea Palace, located at 2828 Sunset Lane. Seating is limited so reservations are required. For more information about this event, go to valleymed.org/glow or call 425-656-4636. Firefighters will be available during this event to provide blood pressure and blood sugar screenings for those in attendance.

For more information on Renton Heart Month, contact the Fire & Emergency Services Department at 425-430-7000.