2016’s TAKE WOMEN TO HEART PROGRAM
Soroptimist International of Calaveras County again celebrated the American Heart Association’s“Go Red for Women” movement by offering free lipid panel screenings to Calaveras County women for the entire month of February 2016. We have learned that 218 women took advantage of this great opportunity.
SICC is excited that so many local women, again this year, took advantage of this unique opportunity to have their lipid panel cholesterol numbers checked. Congratulations to everyone who took these positive strides in learning their risks of heart attack and stroke. You may have just saved your own life!
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Take Women to Heart 2015 – Soroptimists Fund Cholesterol Testing
IN 2015, 271 WOMEN TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THIS OPPORTUNITY!
Soroptimist International of Calaveras County (SICC) is again celebrating the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” movement by offering free lipid panel screenings to Calaveras County women for the month of February 2015.
Heart attack and stroke are the No. 1 killers of women in the United States. For women, the odds of dying due to heart disease, heart attack, or stroke are significantly higher than dying of cancer. SICC has enjoyed an on-going partnership on this project with Dignity Health Mark Twain Medical Center since 2006.
A number of factors go into determining a person’s heart health. Readings of good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol levels and triglycerides and a risk evaluation for heart disease are a place to start. During 2014’s month-long screenings, over 250 local women were tested. Awareness of personal risk and treatment options can empower a woman to live a long and healthy life.
Tests are performed either at Dignity Health Mark Twain Medical Center in San Andreas or at any of the Community Medical Centers located in Angels Camp, Arnold, Copperopolis, and Valley Springs. Testing requires a 12-hour fast and completion of a simple voucher.
To support future funding for SICC’s Take Women to Heart project, SICC is hosting a Cinco de Mayo Chili-Cookoff Challenge fundraiser on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at the historic Murphy’s Hotel courtyard.
To learn more about the free screening tests and/or the Chili Cookoff, please call (209) 753-9700.
TAKE WOMEN TO HEART PROJECT – 2014
Partnering, for the ninth year, with Dignity Health – Mark Twain Medical Center, SICC offered free lipid panel tests to any woman in Calaveras County during the month of February 2014.
Over 250 area women participated n this program and learned their risks of heart attack and stroke. Armed with this information, and if deemed necessary, they could then consult their own private medical provider to, perhaps, form a plan of action.
To kick off the “February only” Take Women to Heart program, SICC partnered with Dignity Health as well as the American Heart Association to sponsor a new event “Red Shoe Stroll” held at Mark Twain Medical Center campus on February 8, 2014. This event celebrates the “Go Red For Women” program from the American Heart Association. Starting at 8 a.m. participants and their families warmed up with local Zumba dancers and all registered walkers/runners/strollers celebrated a healthy lifestyle by participating in the 5k course. All were encouraged to gather in the MTMC dining room for an awards ceremony followed by a FREE heart healthy expo, healthy cooking demonstrations, appetizers, CPR information, and Cardiac Rehab and other MTMC programs. Several women and men participated in “the Stroll.” Due to inclement weather, a route was developed inside the hospital corridors so the participants could stay dry but still take part in the event.
To further celebrate “National Wear Red Day”, a group of Soroptimists and friends gathered at CAMPS restaurant on the evening prior to the Red Shoe Stroll, to build excitement and enthusiasm for the Red Shoe Stroll.
April & May 2013 — Free Cholesterol Screening
April and May 2013 found Soroptimist International of Calaveras County again partnering with Mark Twain Medical Center to offer free cholesterol screening tests to every woman in our county. This was our eighth year of offering these potentially life-saving tests. The final count of women served in 2013 — 482 Calaveras County women took advantage of this opportunity!!
The process is simple. Complete a simple voucher at any of the five medical clinics in the county or at the MTMC laboratory in San Andreas. A 12 hour fast is required prior to the blood draw. You will receive, via USPS mail, a summary of the results of the testing. The comprehensive cholesterol testing measures good and bad cholesterol and triglycerides, including a risk evaluation for heart disease and stroke. If the measurements are too high, you should consult with your own private healthcare provider for further analysis and guidance.
SI Calaveras County has been fortunate to be awarded grants, over the past years, to help defray the costs of this important testing. Calaveras Community Foundation awarded SICC grants in 2008, 2009 and 2011 totaling $9,000. Soroptimist International of the Americas issued SICC a $4,000 grant in club year 2010/11. At times SICC has designated proceeds from specific fund raising projects to benefit the Take Women to Heart project.
The number of women taking advantage of this opportunity appears to be increasing each year. Since 2007, more than 2,000 women have been tested during these two-month periods. SICC is very proud to partner with the MTMC team in offering these blood draws to Calaveras County women at no cost to them. We often hear from women about how thankful they are that we offer these service. At times lack of finances or no insurance coverage prevents women from having these cholesterol screening tests done.
SICC recognizes that heart disease is the leading cause of death in women, killing one in four females claiming the lives of almost 500,000 women each year. Awareness of personal risk and treatment options can empower a woman to live a long and healthy life. Every woman should know her risk factors for coronary heart disease and stroke, and speak with her healthcare provider about the prevention of coronary heart disease, setting goals and the best way to achieve those goals. The first step in lowering risk requires measuring and assessing the risk. A cholesterol screening test is an important part of measuring cholesterol (LDL & HDL) and Triglycerides.
SICC is proud to provide this “service” to our county women – below are testimonials from area women expressing their gratitude:
“When I had my lipid panel tests last year, my doctor was not happy with the results and wanted me to have a second screening done. Medicare only pays for one screening each year and I could not afford to pay for the test. Thank you to SICC and the Take Women to Heart project for allowing me to have a second screening- at no cost. Diet and medication changes have brought levels to a healthy range for me. Thank You Soroptimists! ”
To the Ladies of Soroptimists —
“I’d like to thank each one of you, for allowing me to have my cholesterol levels tested, FREE of charge. I do not have medical insurance and was notified by my Dr. two years ago, my numbers were too high and he advised I take medication for it. My husband has severe rheumatoid arthritis and because of that, our monies go fast to get him some relief from the constant pain. I am a working manicurist and work is slow, due to the economy. Thank you so much, ladies, for making these tests available to those of us who could not otherwise afford to have them done.”