Thursday, February 19, 2009

Relaxation and Heart Health Lunch

Participants at the lunch had many opportunities to learn about improving their health. At this station the physical therapists helped women learn about the benefits of Yoga and Pilates.

Spencer Hospital Relaxation and Heart Health Lunch

Greater Sioux Community Health Center Health Fair

Love Your Self-Love Your Health

My friend, Julie Beehler, is a Nurse Practitioner at the clinic. The staff was on hand all morning at the health fair to offer attendees free cardiovascular screening and many other free services in honor of Valentine's Day and Heart Month.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Iowa Energy Basketball Game

I have this recorded, so if I can get the video to upload I will post it. I had the priviledge of speaking on behalf of Go Red for Women at half-time of the game. As you can see our day was busy, but my husband and I had a great time meeting so many people from the American Heart Association and also I was honored to be a part of the activites. Although we were tired by the end of the day having left home at 4 a.m., it was well worth our trip.

Heart on the Hill Day at the Capitol

Today Ron and I were able to meet with Representative Mike May. We spent a great deal of time discussing the American Heart Association; their mission and goals for this year. Representative May was kind enough to give us a tour and take some pictures. We were also in touch with Senator Johnson and hope to spend more time with him at a later date.

Iowa Energy Basketball Game Go Red for Women Night

Sunday, February 8, 2009

As Always...Mom and Dad Supporting my cause

You are never to old to appreciate the love and support of your parents! This is my chance to publically thank my parents for all that they do for me and our family. Their strong faith, marriage (over 40 years now) and unending support has been a rock for our whole family (I know my two brothers would agree).

Faith- Based Go Red

Discussing the American Heart Association handouts at the event.

Faith-Based Go Red Event

Today I assisted with blood pressure checks at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spencer, IA. I checked blood pressures and had many women get signed up with Go Red.

National Wear Red Day

Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake Iowa helped support the American Heart Association and Go Red for Women by having their employees wear red on February 6th, National Wear Red Day. I was on site in the afternoon to say "hi" to my former co-workers. We had a good turnout at the event and registered many new women to Go Red. Thanks BVRMC!

Go Red for Women Casting Call Des Moines

The Alpha Phi Sorority Sisters from Drake College assisted at the casting call.

Go Red for Women Casting Call - Des Moines

February 5th was the 2009 casting call for Go Red for Women in Des Moines. I am pictured with Haley Armstrong, Marketing Director AHA, and Kris Fettkether, Communications Director AHA Des Moines. There was a great turnout and many women shared their stories of surviving cardiovascular disease and/or making choices to live heart healthy. Maybe we will see some of our local faces on the national Go Red site next year!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Media Release

1/29/09 - Mrs. Iowa To Make Appearance In Sioux Center - Click here to print this information
Mrs. Iowa 2009 will make an appearance at a heart health fair for women on Valentine's Day in Sioux Center. "Love Yourself Love Your Health!" is the theme of the Valentine's Day Heart Health Fair for Women planned by the Greater Sioux Community Health Center. Val Whitehead, Mrs. Iowa 2009 a nurse, wife, and mother of three from Spencer who has selected a platform of working with the American Heart Association's "Go Red For Women " program to raise awareness of women's heart disease. Whitehead will assist with cardiovascular risk screenings throughout the morning and give a special presentation at 9:30 a.m. This women's heart health fair will be on Saturday, February 14 from 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. at The Greater Sioux Community Health Center at 338 First Avenue NW, across the street from the City Hall. Area women are encouraged to bring a friend, neighbor, mother, sister or daughter to enjoy the event. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to welcome all area women to participate and learn about heart health care and heart disease in women. FREE cholesterol screenings will be available to the first 100 women. Additionally, a variety of other free screenings will be offered to help assess women's heart and lung health including: Free "Smokalyzer" lung screening, free Dermascan skin screening, free cardio-vascular risk screening, free nutrition and weight consultation, and free blood pressure checks.The Greater Sioux Community Health Center is a private, not-for-profit, consumer-directed healthcare institution with a mission to provide affordable primary healthcare services to all residents of northwest Iowa and the greater Sioux County area.SVA RELEASE 1-29-09 16:11
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