Heart-healthy events

Local hospitals are scheduling the following events to raise awareness of heart health:

 Wear Red Day will be held 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Feb. 6 outside Monmouth Medical Center’s SeaBreeze Café, located on the hospital’s first floor at 300 Second Ave., Long Branch. In recognition of the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” movement to save lives and raise awareness about heart disease, Monmouth Medical Center will provide free blood-pressure screenings to the public. Information will be provided about heart disease, heart-healthy diets, exercise, Monmouth Medical Center’s cardiology programs and services, and the initiatives of HeartCaring and Spirit of Women. All employees, visitors and guests are encouraged to wear red to bring attention to heart disease.

 Raritan Bay Medical Center is offering a Go Red for Women Healthy Heart Event from 11 a.m. to noon Feb. 6 at Sayreville Borough Hall, 167 Main St., as well as 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at several Provident Bank branches, including 3889 Route 516, Old Bridge; 600 Washington Ave., South Amboy; 100 Wood Avenue South, Iselin; and 325 Amboy Ave., Woodbridge.

Free blood-pressure screenings and stroke-awareness and – prevention education will be provided.

 HeartCaring Day of Dance will be held 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Macy’s end of the Monmouth Mall, Route 35, Eatontown. The free event will feature tai chi and Zumba demonstrations, and a special appearance by the dance team from Dance Plus of Little Silver. There will be free screenings for cholesterol, blood pressure and overall cardiac risk. There will also be health-information giveaways, prizes and a free raffle for a Jawbone fitness tracker.

 Raritan Bay Medical Center will hold a Healthy Heart Event noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Center Court of the Woodbridge Center Mall, 250 Woodbridge Center Drive.

 Raritan Bay Medical Center’s Institute for Weight Loss will sponsor a seminar, “Is Weight Loss Surgery Right For Me?” 7-8 p.m. Feb. 9 and 7:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 25 in Suite 404 of the Medical Arts Building, adjacent to the hospital on Ferry Road between routes 9 and 18, Old Bridge. The event will focus on weight-loss surgery including discussion on Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, adjustable gastric banding, gastric sleeve, and concerns surrounding weight-loss surgery.

 A Bariatric Weight Loss Support Group meeting is set for 6-7 p.m. Feb. 25 for individuals who have had surgery, are contemplating weight-loss surgery or are trying to maintain a healthy weight.

 Raritan Bay Medical Center will host a health event providing free education about chronic heart conditions and medication management, along with blood-pressure screenings and heart-rate testing, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Feb. 17 at the Woodbridge Community Center, 600 Main St., Woodbridge.

 Arbor Terrace of Middletown will host a complimentary hearthealthy breakfast and seminar for the community at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 18. Presented by Dr. Puneet Sahgal, the presentation will cover risk factors of cardiovascular disease, causes and different types of heart disease, disease prevention and treatment, and tips on how to stay healthy. To register, call Arbor Terrace of Middletown at 732-957-0083.

 CentraState Healthcare System will hold an adult and child CPR and AED workshop 6-8 p.m. Feb. 18 in the Health Awareness Center of CentraState Hospital, 901 West Main St., Freehold. The cost is $45.

 CentraState Healthcare System will hold a free glucose and blood pressure screening 5-6 p.m. Feb. 23 outside the Fitness and Wellness Center of CentraState Hospital, 901 West Main St., Freehold. Flu shots for those age 4 and older will be administered at a cost of $20.

 The South Brunswick Health Department, in partnership with South Brunswick Development Corp., will sponsor “Heart Health” on Feb. 12, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Charleston Place Community Room, 3424 Route 27, Kendall Park. The program is being presented by Saint Peters University Hospital Community Mobile Health Services and will be an overview of causes, risk factors, prevention and warning signs of heart attacks and strokes. A free door prize will be given. For further information, call Nancy MacKay at 732-329- 4000 ext. 7258 or Anne Marie Nystrom at 732-951-1700.