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Weeklong Events To Celebrate Heart Health Week

Feb. 3, 2017
SHSU Media Contact: Lane Fortenberry


Recreational Sports and the Office of Health Promotion will host a series of events to celebrate the heart and promote Heart Health Week.

To kick off the week, free cardio classes will be offered at the Recreation Sports Center from Feb. 7-14. The eligible classes will feature a “heart” icon on the class schedule.

“It is important to promote heart health week because it is important to care for your heart,” said Scott Berkowitz, assistant director of fitness at the RSC. “Your heart provides your body with the blood necessary for it to run.

“Most people treat their car or truck better than they treat their body,” he said. “They give their body the incorrect fuel, don’t care for their body in a way that keeps it running well and don’t go to the doctor when something isn’t right. I can guarantee that your body is worth a lot more than a car.”

The Office of Health Promotion will host guest speaker Harlan Cohen to present his program “A Comedic Night of Nakedness Featuring Harlan Cohen” on Tuesday (Feb. 7) at 6 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Theater.

Cohen was chosen for his ability to give advice on the characteristics of a healthy relationship and college life. He has written a series of best-selling books, including New York Times-bestseller “The Naked Roommate and 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College.”

Students will be able to create Valentine’s Day cards for others on Wednesday (Feb. 8) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the LSC Mall. Donated cards will be delivered to the Carriage Inn Nursing Facility in Huntsville.

On Thursday (Feb. 9) all are welcome to mix their own bag of heart-healthy trail mix from 3:30-6:30 p.m. in the RSC Lobby.

Two-step classes, as well as other popular line-dances, will be taught on Feb. 13 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the RSC Multipurpose 1. Boots are not required.

Lastly, a couple’s rock climbing event is set for Feb. 14 from 5-8 p.m. at the RSC Climbing Wall. Other activities are planned, as well. The cost is $5 per couple and is free for semester pass holders.

“Heart Health Week is a time for people to learn how to take care of their body, but also a time for people to learn a new way to care for their heart,” Berkowitz said. “There are programs for healthy eating, cardiovascular exercise, being active with a friends or significant other and much more. College students need to establish healthy habits and begin taking care of their heart at a young age, as opposed to waiting until it begins to break down.”

For more information, visit the event page.

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