Women's Health

Women’s Program to Focus on Heart Healthy Exercise

Most women know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in women and how important exercise is in preventing heart trouble. Physical activity is key to helping women prevent heart disease, but many do not know how to include exercise in their busy lives.

The Spectrum Health Women’s Healthy Heart Program is sponsoring “A Healthy Active Heart:’ Small Strides for Big Results” on Wednesday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m. at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center.

Kendra Toonstra, B.A., health educator and certified personal trainer, and Lynn Draigh, M.A., certified personal trainer will host a 90-minute interactive session. It will focus on getting women started and motivated with physical activity, no matter what their age or fitness level. Please wear comfortable clothing.

The program is free but registration is required. Please call (616) 391-500 to register. The Forest Hills Fine Arts Center is located at 600 Forest Hills Avenue in Grand Rapids.

Heart disease is the leading killer of women. The Spectrum Health Women’s Healthy Heart Program is designed to increase awareness of heart disease and help women recognize the risk factors, learn what questions women should ask their doctors and reduce their risk for heart disease. Events are held throughout the year.

Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system in West Michigan that offers a full continuum of care through its seven hospitals, more than 140 service sites and 565,000-member health plan, Priority Health.’ Spectrum Health’s 13,000 employees, 1,400 medical staff members and 2,000 volunteers are committed to delivering the highest quality care to those in medical need.’ The organization provided more than $100 million in community benefit during its 2006 fiscal year. Spectrum Health has earned more than 50 national awards during the past 10 years.