Officials at the Cicero Health Department were busy helping residents reach their best possible cardiac conditions during the annual Healthy Heart Fair on Feb. 13 at the Cicero Community Center.
The program focused on providing information and screenings that will help people understand the importance of having a strong heart and what they can do to curb potential heart diseases.
“We organize this event every year to coincide with both Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month in an effort to prevent heart disease,” said Sue Grazzini, director of the Health Department. Heart disease is considered the leading cause of death among most age groups in the United States.
The Centers for Disease Control said heart disease and the symptoms that cause it are increasing among younger age groups, nearing epidemic levels. The program, sponsored by the Health Department and the Town Board, including President Larry Dominick, Clerk Maria Punzo-Arias, Supervisor Joe Virruso, Assessor Emilio “Emo” Cundari, Collector Fran Reitz and Trustees Victor Garcia, Larry Banks, Bob Porod and John Cava, focuses on making more residents aware of their risk levels through health screenings and assessments from medical professionals during the day long event. These screenings included cholesterol and glucose tests, blood pressure and BMI assessments, blood oxygen testing, and much more. Residents also received tips and recipes that can help reduce the risk of heart disease.
“Cicero is one of the safest communities around, but it can also be one of the healthiest communities through these kinds of programs,” Dominick said. “I am encouraged by the seriousness so many of our residents took in learning about heart health during the program this year.”