Published on February 05, 2020

SeHealth holds heart events this month

Dr. Chris Walters

To celebrate American Heart Month this February, Southeastern Health has many events focused on heart health throughout the month.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, SeHealth’s Community Health Education Center (CHEC) in Biggs Park Mall will hold an event called “#ourhearts are healthier together,” which will include a health fair and information booths, with food for the first 150 people. Cardiologist Dr. Chris Walters of Southeastern Cardiology and Cardiovascular Clinic and Southeastern Health Heart and Vascular will speak at noon. This event is also part of the Walk with a Doc series.

Dr. Walters, a St. Pauls native and Lumberton resident, earned his medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. He also completed fellowships with University of Kentucky and Duke University. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

On Friday, Feb. 14, SeHealth Healthy Communities Project Specialist Carlotta Winston will speak at noon at CHEC, leading “Conversations from the Heart.” She will repeat this event on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m. at Southeastern Lifestyle Fitness Center Lumberton.

On Sunday, Feb. 16, SeHealth is asking local churches to participate in “Go Red from the Pulpit,” by focusing on topics related to heart health. Some of the ways churches can participate include inviting a guest speaker, encouraging church members to wear red during the service, holding a vigil for individuals who have passed away due to chronic illnesses related to heart health, or have a healthy meal after a church service to promote healthy living to members. Churches who participate are asked to send in photos to be shared on SeHealth and Community Health Services social media. For more information on this event, please call (910) 272-1186.

“Exercise After a Heart Attack” will be the subject of an event at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at CHEC. SeHealth Cardiopulmonary Rehab Manager James Smith will speak on this subject.

On Thursday, Feb. 20, there will be a second “#ourhearts are healthier together” event from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Pembroke Boys and Girls Club. Physician Assistant and Patient Navigator Catherine Gaines will speak, and there will be free health screens. There will also be food for the first 50 people.

SeHealth Care Manager Specialist Linda Derzanski will speak about “Heart Healthy Diet” at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at CHEC. She will be talking about the benefits of cooking at home instead of eating out.

There will also be a second event on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 11 a.m. at CHEC. Physician Assistant Don Metzger of Southeastern Health Heart and Vascular will give a heart and vascular services overview.

The Biggs Park Mall Walking Challenge will run from Feb. 24 through Feb. 28. During this time, participants can register at CHEC to walk at least five laps inside the mall and be entered to win a gift card for $500 from Biggs Park Mall.