Bolingbrook Park District & AMITA Health Team Up for Happy Heart Month

Bolingbrook Park District and AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook have partnered together to raise awareness of the importance of heart health. Improving the overall health and wellness of the community of Bolingbrook is at the center of the mission for both organizations. Cardiovascular disease is not something to be ignored at any age.  Risks such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol, along with inactivity are all things to keep under control.  By keeping your mind sharp, eating a balanced, nutritional diet, staying emotionally strong and physically active, you can help keep your heart happy and healthy.  A special website (www.happyheartmonth.com) has been created to provide information and resources to the community to ensure a “Happy Heart.”

The four key components to a happy heart are as follows:

1.         Physical strength – Work out to keep heart strong

2.         Emotional strength – Spend quality time with loved ones

3.         Mental strength – Keeping your mind sharp

4.         Nutritional balance – Eating for overall health

Throughout the month of February, Bolingbrook Park District and AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook will be partnering to bring special events to the community, emphasizing these four key components.

Emotional health is an often forgotten topic when it comes to heart health. Spending quality time with loved ones is important for your emotional health. Bolingbrook Park District offers Daddy/Daughter Social on February 9 at the Levy Center for this exact reason. The connection between a parent and child is vital for emotional health. The event features dancing, arts and crafts, photos and more importantly devoted time with your daughter. The event is from 6:45-8:45 pm. Registration is accepted through Monday, January 30 at any park district facility.

Focusing on the physical strength of the heart, Heart Healthy Fitness Day will be Sunday, February 12 at the Bolingbrook Recreation & Aquatic Complex, 200 S. Lindsey Lane in Bolingbrook.  AMITA Health will offer blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and body fat screenings from Noon-4:00 pm, along with a presentation from an AMITA cardiologist at 2:45 pm. LifeStyles Fitness Center will feature Buddy Up workouts you can do with friends or family between 1:00-2:30 pm and one lucky participant will win a Fitbit.  Ages 16 & up is required for the buddy-up workouts and is $7 for members and $10 for non-members. To encourage take care of your heart, you can workout at LifeStyles Fitness Center for free.

On February 17, the Rockin’ Red Zumba party will get your heart pumping.  The event is held from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Bolingbrook Recreation & Aquatic Complex, 200 S. Lindsey Lane in Bolingbrook. Net proceeds are donated to fund heart research, education, and treatment programs through AMITA Health.  Party entrance is just $5 for members before February 13, $7 for non-members.  After February 13, the price is $10 for both members and non-members.

Pirate Family Adventure Night on February 25 gets the whole family spending time together and improving both the physical and emotional strength of everyone involved.  Fly off springboards, swing from the rings and test your skills scaling up the climbing wall.  The event is held at the Annerino Community Center, located at 201 Recreation Drive in Bolingbrook from 5:30-7:30 pm.  Fee is $8 per participant with a Bolingbrook Park District resident ID and $12 without and includes a slice of pizza and pop.  Pre-registration for this event is encouraged, with a deadline of Thursday, February 23.                                                                                                

For more information on Happy Heart Month and how you can capitalize on the benefits of the Bolingbrook Park District and AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, visit www.happyheartmonth.com.  The site features program and event information, along with resources to give you the happiest heart possible.