The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association will celebrate its annual National Eating Healthy Day on Wednesday, November 5th.  On this day, many companies across the country will join the Association’s efforts in raising awareness of eating healthy to avoid cardiovascular diseases and stroke.  Locally, in Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria the Dignity Health Hospitals of the Central Coast: Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, French Hospital Medical Center, and Marian Regional Medical Center will be amongst several companies who will host a National Eating Healthy Day event for its employees and the community at large from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The events at each hospital will include a heart-healthy menu, giveaway opportunities, and information tables with tools and resources on leading heart-healthy lives.  Participants can also sign a pledge to start eating healthy and in doing so; take the first step in the fight against heart disease and stroke. This highly anticipated annual tradition is sure to delight all Dignity Health Hospitals of the Central Coast’s staff and community.

The American Heart Association encourages all companies to celebrate employees who have improved overall cardiovascular health by making healthy eating decisions.  With heart disease being the No.1 killer of Americans and stroke being the No.4 killer, it is very important to participate in events aimed at preventing these diseases with everyday lifestyle choices.

Celebrate National Eating Healthy Day on Wednesday, November 5th with the

American Heart Association and the Dignity Health Hospitals of the Central Coast

“National Eating Healthy Day is a creative way to help improve the health of our employees, our patients, physicians and visitors,” said Chuck Cova, Vice President Operations, Dignity Health Central Coast Service Area. “We are advocates for healthy eating, leading the way among health systems to provide healthy good options in our cafeterias and encouraging our employees to eat well and exercise. Our Central Coast hospitals are pleased to support the efforts of the American Heart Association and provide necessary tools to our employees, physicians and community members to lead healthy lives.”
Companies are encouraged to hold rallies for employees to celebrate steps that employees have taken to improve overall cardiovascular health. For more information about National Healthy Eating Day, visit: www.heart.org.

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Our mission is to build healthier lives by preventing, treating, and defeating these diseases- America’s No.1 and No.4 killers. We fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional programs, and advocate for protecting public health. To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit www.heart.org

Dignity Health Hospitals of the Central Coast

Dignity Health of the Central Coast is recognized for the highest quality hospitals, physicians from the top medical schools, and services including primary care offices, premier ambulatory surgery centers, technologically advanced laboratories and imaging centers, and a comprehensive home health service; all recognized for quality, safety and service. Each hospital is supported by an active philanthropic foundation to support new programs and services on the Central Coast. Located in Arroyo Grande, California, Arroyo Grande Community Hospital is a comprehensive acute care hospital and is home to the Joint Replacement Center awarded distinctions by Blue Shield and is the exclusive provider of joint replacement care for CalPERS on the Central Coast. Located in San Luis Obispo, California, French Hospital Medical Center is recognized as a Top 50 cardiac hospital in the country by Thomson Reuters. Located in Santa Maria, California, Marian Regional Medical Center is rated among the top 10% in the nation for cardiac care and its cancer program is distinguished as the only comprehensive community cancer center on the Central Coast.

For more information www.arroyograndehospital.org, www.frenchmedicalcenter.org or www.marianmedicalcenter.org