Press Release

For Immediate Release
Feb 2, 2011
Contact : Elizabeth Dobis, Public Relations Specialist  
732-751-7537
edobis@meridianhealth.com

Meridian CardioVascular Network Presents 365 Days of Heart Health

Campaign promotes heart healthy living all year long through special events, healthy tips, and educational programs  

Neptune, NJ - February may be Heart Month, but Meridian CardioVascular Network wants to remind the community that taking care of their heart is something worth practicing all year long. Heart disease is the number one killer in America, which is why heart health should remain a priority each and every day.

Meridian CardioVascular Network's new heart healthy living campaign, 365 Days of Heart Health, spotlights wellness through a series of special events, heart healthy tips, and educational programs. Visiting www.365DaysofHeart.com provides helpful information, resources, real time updates, and expert videos to stay connected with important heart health matters. The Web site also provides inspiring patient stories, news, wellness information, and special event details.

"Meridian CardioVascular Network is our area's leader in heart health initiatives," says Scott Eisenberg, D.O., FACC, director of wellness and prevention for Meridian CardioVascular Network. "It is our goal to educate the community through programs like 365 Days of Heart Health, as prevention is the best way to reduce the risk of heart disease."

Key events taking place this year include:

The third annual Red Dress Event will take place on February 24, at Buona Sera in Red Bank from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This fun-filled ladies only cocktail party is in partnership with The Heart Truth™ campaign, and features dresses from from New York's Spring 2011 Fashion Week.  With a focus on educating and empowering women to take control of their heart health, the Red Dress Event will also provide a heart-healthy menu, door prizes, and giveaways. Tickets are $50.00 with a portion of proceeds to benefit Meridian Women's Heart Connection. To register, please call 1-800-DOCTORS.

Want to learn how to take better care of your heart from leading experts? Join us at the Heart Month Wellness Expo and Screening on Monday, February 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. This informative event will take place in Lance Auditorium and will feature Meridian CardioVascular Network experts ready to answer heart health questions. Free health screenings include blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, and body fat. The first 100 people to register will receive a free cookbook. To register, please call 1-800-DOCTORS.

Join the Meridian Women's Heart Connection on Tuesday, April 12, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Battleground Country Club in Manalapan for To Your Heart: Joan Hamburg's Exclusive Broadcast with Meridian Health. This discussion with WOR Newstalk Radio 710 and host of The Joan Hamburg Show  will feature interviews with Meridian CardioVascular Network physicians and will provide a heart healthy dinner. Tickets are $50.00, with all proceeds to benefit the Women's Philanthropic Fund. To register, please call 1-800-560-9990.

Visit www.365DaysofHeart.com to view a complete listing of events that will take place this year, or to learn more about heart health matters.

Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization in New Jersey, comprising Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, and Meridian Partner Companies that include home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, ambulatory care, ambulance services, and outpatient centers. Meridian Health has consistently been rated among the top performing health systems in New Jersey for clinical quality, is one of the FORTUNE "100 Best Companies to Work For", and is the recipient of numerous state and national recognitions for patient care and nursing excellence, including the distinction of being the first health system in the country to receive Magnet designation for nursing. For more information, visit us at www.meridianhealth.com.