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February 4, 2016
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

Upstate celebrates Go Red day Feb. 5 with healthy activities, including belly dancing

Wear something red on Friday, Feb. 5 to show your support for National Go Red For Women Day and take advantage of free heart-healthy activities that Upstate Medical University’s Go Red committee has planned, including exercise and dance classes, a “reduce your stress” activity and health screenings.

“Wear Red Day” events are presented by the President’s Advisory Council on Women’s Issues at Upstate, Upstate Women’s Health and the American Heart Association. The recognition calls attention to heart disease and stroke that kills 1 in 3 women, but is 80 percent preventable.

“Our activities will show everyone just how easy it is to add healthy activities to their day, both at home or at work,” said Jennifer H. Abbott, Upstate’s Go Red event coordinator and assistant registrar/international student adviser at Upstate. “We invite the Upstate community to try the Macarena, the Wobble, the Electric Slide, Pilates, Yoga, Nia or bellydancing at one of our 15-minute workouts; make a card for their valentine; or check their vital statistics at one of our many health screenings–there will be something for everyone.”

Abbott adds that medical students and staff from Upstate’s Keuka Learning Community, chaired by John Epling, MD, professor and chair of Family Medicine, will support Go Red Day by volunteering to perform blood pressure readings at the Downtown Campus. The learning community is one of five such communities at Upstate, named after the Finger Lakes, that provide students a greater understanding of what it’s like being a doctor. The communities were inspired by Upstate Dean of Student Affairs Julie White, PhD, and College of Medicine Dean David Duggan, MD.

Check out the Go Red activities on Feb. 5:

Community Campus (all activities will be held in the Community Room).

• 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Employee health screenings. (cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, TC/HDL ratio, glucose, blood pressure, weight and BMI). Take 10 minutes and receive your results. Clinical staff and a registered dietitian will review your results with you. Call 464-8668 to schedule a time that fits your schedule.

• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Blood pressure screening.

• 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Introduction to Pilates with Chris Rieger, PT, certified Pilates instructor.

• 1:30 p.m. Introduction to Yoga with Deb Delaney.

Downtown Campus (all activities will be held in the 11th floor Kinney Performance Center, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Note: blood pressure screenings will also take place outside the small cafeteria.)

• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Blood pressure screening by medical students and staff from Upstate’s Keuka Learning Community,

• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Make a card for your valentine.

• Exercise activities:

- 11-11:15 a.m. Work Day Work Out (Suzanne Brisk)

- 11:15-11:30 a.m. NIA (Cindy Paikin)

- 11:30-11:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. to noon. Belly dancing (Robin Grabowski)

– Noon to 12:15 p.m. Cupid Shuffle, Whip, Nae Nae and Wobble (Kristin Thompson)

- 12:15 to 12:30 p.m. NIA (Cindy Paikin)

- 12:30 to 12:45 p.m. Saturday Night Fever, Macarena, Electric Slide (Suzanne Brisk)

- 12:45 to 1 p.m. Stretching (Suzanne Brisk)

- 1 to 1:15 p.m. Work Day Work Out

- 1:15-1:30 p.m. Saturday Night Fever, Macarena, Electric Slide (Suzanne Brisk)

- 1:30 to 1:45 p.m. Cupid Shuffle, Whip, Nae Nae and Wobble (Kristin Thompson)

-1:45 to 2 p.m. Stretching (Suzanne Brisk)

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