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Event promotes finding healthy food in local stores

Trinitas took part in an event called “Spring Into Health,” which was a collaborative effort by Shaping Elizabeth, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, and a number of other community groups who gathered at La Placita on Monroe St. in Elizabeth to speak, distribute information and vouchers and spread the word about making healthier food choices in supermarkets and their local corner store.

Nancy DiLiegro, Ph.D., FACHE, Vice President/Clinical Operations and Physician Services/Chief Clinical Officer, spoke at the event and noted that “diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity all lead to heart disease and stroke, the #1and #3 leading causes of death in the US.” She urged those in attendance to do something about these epidemic health issues, like eating better, buying and preparing nutritious food, exercising and working with your doctor to improve our health. “Corner stores and bodegas are key in our neighborhoods,” she added. “By leveraging the power of the corner store to increase access to healthy foods, we can help provide our families with the opportunity to live healthier and longer lives.”

AnnMarie Scanlon, RN, Director of Non-Invasive Cardiology, represented Trinitas at a table where she distributed booklets and brochures and took blood pressure readings for people who were interested in finding out their results at that moment. She also gave advice to people to see their doctor if their results were abnormal for some reason. Trinitas urges everyone to take care of themselves and remember the old adage about "an ounce of prevention."

About Trinitas Regional Medical Center
Trinitas Regional Medical Center (TRMC), a major center for comprehensive health services for those who live and work in Central New Jersey, is a Catholic teaching medical center sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in partnership with Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation. With 10 Centers of Excellence across the continuum of care, Trinitas has distinguished itself in cardiology, cancer care, behavioral health, renal care, nursing education, diabetes management, wound healing and sleep medicine.

Posted: May 17, 2018

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