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Weis sponsors 11th annual Healthy Heart Day

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JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) -- Weis Market's annual Healthy Heart Day returned to the Oakdale Mall Saturday, an event that WBNG is proud to sponsor.

"Today we are here to raise awareness about heart health," said Megan Farmer, Stay Healthy Coordinator for UHS. "Whether it is about how to prevent heart issues or if you already have heart issues what to do after that," she said.

Organizers say diet and exercise are a big part of keeping your heart healthy.

"It's important to get out and to exercise and eat healthy and to encourage others around us to do the same," Farmer said.

Organizers from the American Heart Association say exercise is even better to do as a family.

"Don't make it an individual effort, it's a way to not only get those of us who are older more active but to start ingraining better lessons in our youth," said Franklin Fry of the American Heart Association

Something that Weis Market dietitians were on hand to help out with.

"Dietitians are people's guide to learning how to eat better, if for example they have high cholesterol an they don't know what to eat," said Lyndie Weiand, a Dietitian for Weis.

Weiand saying that it's best to make adjustments sooner rather than later.

"By changing your diet to be more heart healthy you can decrease your risk of heart disease by 80 percent," she said.

Organizers say you can still make those adjustments even if you haven't always had the healthiest eating habits

"The narrative is that If I've spent forty years working to die by not taking care of my body, now I'm spending the next forty years making sure I'm working to live," Fry said.

Organizers say the event is part of heart season which will culminate with UHS's heart walk in April.

Jack Arpey

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