Helping JCC members have #StrongerHearts

February 13, 2019

Helping JCC members have #StrongerHearts

Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States?

Educating Baltimoreans about the prevention and treatment of heart disease is the main goal behind a new innovative collaborative initiative between LifeBridge Health (LBH) and The American Heart Association (AHA) called #StrongerHearts.

“This dynamic partnership between LifeBridge Health and the American Heart Association is already translating into new resources and programs designed to help JCC members enhance or improve their cardiovascular health,” says Barak Hermann, CEO of the JCC of Greater Baltimore.

“On February 17th, these organizations are unveiling a new Blood Pressure Kiosk, on the 21st we will jointly host a Ladies Happy(ness) Hour, and in the months ahead they will be bringing cooking demos and other educational programs, making the J not only a great place to get fit and stay in shape, but also a destination to monitor and track your heart health.”

The Blood Pressure Kiosk, also known as the higi© (hih-gee) health station, tracks key health vitals including blood pressure, pulse, weight and body mass (BMI).  You can track your readings by linking to your wearable fitness device or by setting up a higi account.

The AHA/LBH collaboration also includes events centered on heart disease, stroke and prevention, such as their recent World Stroke Day “takeover” of Baltimore’s Graffiti Alley, where community members, physicians and survivors spray-painted messages to raise awareness, as well as cooking demonstrations held throughout the community.

Check out for up-to-date resources including everything from recipes and cooking videos to articles on a vast array of easy-to-understand, interactive information about the prevention and treatment of heart disease.

Join us for these February Events in celebration of Heart Health Month

Blood Pressure Kiosk Ribbon Cutting & Reception
Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
Sunday, February 17 | 10:00am
Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC Fitness Center
Meet representatives from LifeBridge Health and the American Heart Association who will be on hand at our Fitness Center in Owings Mills to unveil the new higi© interactive Blood Pressure Kiosk. Learn about how to use the health station and enjoy healthy kosher snacks like yogurt parfaits, fresh fruit, tea and coffee.

Ladies Night Out: THE HAPPY(NESS) HOUR
Thursday, February 21 | 6:30 – 8:30pm
Gordon Center Lobby
Designed specifically for women this event explores the new science of happiness phenomenon. What does “happiness” mean and how do notions of happiness change throughout our lifetimes? How does happiness promote physical health?  Participants will learn about the health effects of happiness from LifeBridge Health LCSW-C’s, Hannah Kilburg and Bracha Poliakoff, as well as China Boak Terrell, Esq., from The American Heart Association.

The evening will feature lively discussions, playful conversations, spicy concoctions and guided meditation. REGISTER BY FEBRUARY 18, 2019 at or call 410.601.WELL (9355). 

This program is presented by LifeBridge Health, the American Heart Association, the JCC of Greater Baltimore, and Hadassah Greater Baltimore.

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