Baton Rouge Residents Learn How to Love Their Heart at Community Event

Baton Rouge, La. – Drawing over 200 community members, Baton Rouge General’s inaugural “Love Your Heart Day” offered a fun-filled day of heart education and health checks. At the Saturday, April 11 event, nearly 300 vascular, blood pressure, body mass index and skin screenings were provided, and attendees learned easy ways to be heart smart during seminars led by physicians and clinical experts. A 13-foot tall interactive, walk-through exhibit called the Mega Heart gave participants an inside look at how the human heart functions and the signs of heart disease. Attendees also learned community CPR, enjoyed exercise and cooking demos, games and art activities. Take a free heart health assessment and learn how you can reduce your risk of heart disease here.


Nakia Newsome, MD, interventional cardiologist, describes heart functions to event guests.


13-foot tall Mega Heart exhibit at Baton Rouge General’s ‘Love Your Heart Day.’


Fitness instructor Joan Hoffman leads Zumba demo at ‘Love Your Heart Day.’


Desi Valentine, MD, family medicine physician with Baton Rouge General Physicians, shares heart health information with event guests.


Attendees create a collaborative painting with volunteers from Baton Rouge General’s Arts in Medicine program.

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital, with 590 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in Baton Rouge, opening its doors in 1900, Baton Rouge General has a long history of groundbreaking milestones, as well as providing the Greater Baton Rouge community with high quality healthcare for generations. From our birth center to senior services, and state-of-the-art heart and cancer care, Baton Rouge General provides care for the whole family at every age and every stage of life.

Baton Rouge General is affiliated with and also serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine. In addition to serving as a satellite campus for Tulane medical students in the LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Discovery) Academy program, Baton Rouge General also offers a Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, School of Nursing and School of Radiologic Technology. Baton Rouge General, an accredited teaching hospital since 1991, is committed to exceptional medical education and serves a diverse population that is representative of the types of patients, injuries, illnesses and healthcare needs most frequently seen by physicians in private practice. For more information, visit BRGeneral.org, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/BatonRougeGeneral and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.

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