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Health care professional promotes heart health fair

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- I am Clarissa Wilson, Team Eglin’s Civilian Health Care Integrator.  I am a registered nurse, responsible for implementing health process improvements for the base’s military and civilian members, and ensuring comprehensive, coordinated care is delivered to them.

I recently began attending the base helping agencies meetings here to connect patients with needed community resources from all facets of care.

The Eglin community’s health is vital to our mission. To that end, my health goals for the community include: provide a healthy, fit, and ready force; improve the health status of our enrolled population, and manage an effective and efficient health care delivery system.

February
is nationally recognized as American Heart Month.

Cardiovascular
disease, which includes heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure, is the number one killer of men and women in the United States.  Contributors to heart disease include: stroke; high blood pressure; lack of physical exercise; unhealthy nutrition choices; tobacco use and alcohol abuse.

To celebrate Heart Health Month, a Heart Health Fair is set for Feb. 14 in the hospital’s Café Europa from 2- 4 p.m.  Topics Include: prevention and management of heart disease; stress management; healthy nutrition; medication management and getting active. Door prizes will be given away.  Multiple base helping agencies are participating.

For
more information on the Heart Health Fair, contact Alyce Halliday at 883-8286 or Jenny Wylie at 883-8968.

My
office is located in Bldg. 2750, Room A188, next to the main hospital. My phone number is (850)-883-9837.