Books & Stars program to emphasize heart healthy habits

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“You’ve Gotta Have Heart” is the theme of the Books & Stars program hosted by Northfield Hospital Wednesday evening, July 22, at the Northfield Hospital campus.

Northfield Public Library and Northfield Hospital & Clinics are partnering to create an evening of fun and education related to healthy heart habits. The evening will feature family entertainer Rachael Kroog, who has delighted young audiences for more than 20 years with her KIDPOWER program. She will take the stage on the hospital lawn at 7 p.m.

Prior to her performance, there will be heart healthy stations revolving around nutrition and bystander CPR. Families will be encouraged to build cardio points by biking out to the hospital. Bike Northfield will be convening at Bridge Square at 5:30 p.m.; the 2.6-mile ride will begin at 5:45 p.m. Once at the hospital campus, bikers will have the opportunity to have a bike tune-up.

Northfield Heart Safe Project, an initiative of Northfield Hospital & Clinics Emergency Medicine Service, will offer bystander CPR training from 6 to 7 p.m. They will teach the signs and symptoms of stroke, heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest, and offer training in “No Fear, Compressions Only” CPR and AED protocol.

Just Food Co-op will also be on hand to offer samples of foods that may help protect us from heart disease. There will also be physical activities for kids.

And, of course, Booker, the bookmobile, will be on site and open for business.

For more information, contact Sue Pokorney, Community Wellness Education Coordinator, at