Meridian Cardiovascular Network Presents Second Annual 28 Days To A Healthier Heart Campaign

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Meridian Cardiovascular Network Presents Second Annual 28 Days To A Healthier Heart Campaign

Celebrate American Heart Month this February by participating in these special events designed to help improve heart health and prevent heart disease

Meridian Health is looking to improve the heart health of the residents of central New Jersey through the second annual 28 Days to a Healthier Heart campaign. Each and every day throughout the month a different event, screening, or educational seminar will be held to demonstrate simple lifestyle changes that could reduce the risk for heart disease.

Three signature events will be held as a part of this healthy living campaign and include:

The third annual Heart and Soul Gospel Extravaganza held in celebration of both Heart Month and Black History Month, will take place on Friday, February 5, at 6:00 p.m. at the Neptune Performing Arts Center at Neptune High School. In addition to hearing from Meridian Physicians on cardiovascular and stroke related issues affecting the African-American community, the program will feature performances by several local gospel choirs. For more information, please call 1-800-DOCTORS.

Cooking with Heart, an entertaining program of cooking demonstrations, gourmet samplings, and heart-healthy information will be held on Wednesday, February 10, at 4:00 p.m. at Ocean Medical Center in partnership with the Cardiovascular Institute of Philadelphia. The program will feature board certified cardiologist Ali Moosvi, M.D., and cardiac surgeon Richard Neibart, M.D., who will together provide an overview on heart disease, risk factors, and treatment options. The program will also include a cooking demonstration, food samples, and cooking tips from a Meridian Health Registered Dietitian. Registration for this free event is required and can be obtained by calling 1-800-DOCTORS.

The Red Dress Event, is back for the second year and will take place in both Monmouth and Ocean counties. In partnership with The Heart TruthT campaign, Meridian Health will host these events featuring four dresses from the Red Dress collection, at this ladies-only cocktail party educating and empowering women to take control of their heart health. Join us in Point Pleasant Beach on Wednesday, February 24, at The Lobster Shanty, and in Red Bank on Thursday, February 25, at Buona Sera Restaurant and Bar. Both of these special events will help to raise the awareness of heart disease as the #1 killer of American women. These elegant evenings will feature an opportunity to view several dresses from New York's Fashion Week; enjoy signature red cocktails; a delicious, heart healthy menu; music; and several door prizes and giveaways. Both events start at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Meridian Women's Heart Connection. To purchase tickets, or for more information, please call 1-800-DOCTORS.

Meridian Women's Heart Connection, a program aimed at building awareness of women's heart disease and to keeping women informed and healthy, will present a Day of Wellness at each hospital campus. Join us for health screenings, fitness demonstrations, and much more. A Meridian Health Registered Dietitian will also present "Eat Your Heart Healthy: Food Choices for a Healthy Heart." Join us at Jersey Shore University Medical Center on Saturday, January 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at Riverview Medical Center on Saturday, February 8, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and at Ocean Medical Center on Saturday, February 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. To register for any of these free events, or to learn more about the Meridian Women's Heart Connection, please call 1-800-DOCTORS.

"As the region's leader in heart health, the hospitals of Meridian Health are proud to provide these programs and positive lifestyle changes," says Sara Grimley, M.D., cardiologist and medical director of The Women's Heart Connection for Meridian Health. "It is our hope that with this information we can reduce the risk for heart disease and make our community a more heart healthy place to live."

For more information on the Meridian CardioVascular Network's 28 Days to a Healthier Heart campaign, please visit

28 Days to a Healthier Heart is a part of the Meridian Cardiovascular Network that includes Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, and Meridian Partner Companies that include home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, ambulatory care, ambulance services, and occupational health centers located throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties. For more information on the Meridian CardioVascular Network, please visit