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Georgetown Celebrates Heart Month With Meditation, Fitness

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February 12, 2013 – A number of activities and sessions dedicated to promoting heart health and wellness are on tap as Georgetown recognizes February as Heart Month.

“We only have one heart but so many ways to take care of it,” says Charles DeSantis, associate vice president benefits and chief benefits officer. “GUWellness hopes to inspire people to take some sort of action to improve their heart health. It’s also important to make people aware of the magnitude of the problem.”

The university community will “Go Red” on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, with GUWellness and the American Heart Association. Faculty and staff are encouraged to dress in red in honor of heart health, take a photo and post it to the GUWellness Facebook or Twitter page. The winning office or department will be announced Feb. 15 and will receive a catered lunch from Cafe tu-o-tu.  

Faculty and staff also may register for this month’s Mind and Body Connection workshop, Loving-Kindness Meditation, on Valentine’s Day and along with another session, What’s Your Passion, on Feb. 19.

Lisa McCrohan, wellness counselor for GUWellness and Georgetown’s Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, will conduct both workshops.

“Cutivating compassion for ourselves and extending it to others can be an important factor for good health,” she says. “Most of us are leading stressful lives. Meditation or finding what we love in little everyday ways gives us a better way of learning and coping.”

Free yoga will continue to be available for faculty and staff on Fridays.

DeSantis says meditation and inner peace are keys to a healthy, stress-free heart, but physical activity also plays an important role.

“Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women – more so than all forms of cancer combined,” he says. “There's so much we can do mitigate our risk factors – lose weight, quit smoking, move more, stress less. Pick one and go for it.”

DeSantis will continue his walk-and-talk series on Feb. 21. This time Christopher Augostini, senior vice president and chief operating officer, will join him for the brisk 20-minute walk.

For more information about Heart Month events visit the GUWellness website.

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