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South Georgia health officials promote American Heart Month

Joel Wernick, President and CEO, Phoebe Putney Health System Joel Wernick, President and CEO, Phoebe Putney Health System
Julian Maddox, Wellness Manager, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Julian Maddox, Wellness Manager, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital
Dr. Jacqueline Grant, District Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant, District Health Director
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

It's national heart health awareness month and Phoebe Putney hospitals are getting involved.

On Monday, doctors, nurses and hospital staffers at Phoebe Memorial took a walk around the campus to get the blood flowing.

The walk promoted exercising daily to keep your heart healthy.

Something as simple as a routine walk could help decrease your risk for heart disease.

"If you can do it at the same time everyday, be consistent and persistent," Joel Wernick, President and CEO, Phoebe Putney Health System said. "A little bit every day, is a lot better than a lot every so often."

The Phoebe Putney Health System will also hold walks throughout the week at their other campuses.

The Southwest Georgia Department of Public Health is also helping promote heart health awareness by asking everyone to wear red this Friday.

Cardio vascular disease is the leading cause of death among Georgians and all Americans.

Poor heart health also increases the chance of strokes

Health officials say in order to change that, people need do be educated and maintain healthy lifestyles.

"You can really eliminate about 80% of that risk with just maintaining a healthy lifestyle," Dr. Jacqueline Grant, District Health Director said. "That's eating right, exercising, [and] not smoking."

Grant also stressed the importance of women staying vigilant about there heart health, particularly African-American women.

One in three women die each year of heart disease.

Friday, is National Wear Red Day for Woman.

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