HeartFest educates in matters of the heart

Balloons lead the way to St. Francis Hospital's annual HeartFest in Evanston, Ill. Lisa Owad/Medill

By Lisa Owad
Feb. 18, 2010
Medill News Service

A healthy cooking demonstration and free screenings for cholesterol, diabetes and blood pressure were features of the annual HeartFest event at Evanston’s St. Francis Hospital on Thursday. February is American Heart Month, and attendees were able to attend lectures, learn about healthy food and receive screenings.

Participants and organizers speak about the reasons people need events such as this.

“Last year we had a lot more people coming for free screenings. Last year we had a lot of patients come because it was free and they couldn’t afford it.”–Margo Schafer, director of public relations, St. Francis Hospital

Stella Wolfe, 77

“I’m here to learn and also here to take blood pressure, cholesterol and sugar screenings. I enjoyed the meditation.”–Stella Wolfe, 77









Laurence Rosen, 64

“I came for the cookies. I had the screenings. That’s the main thing. I have a doctor, but it’s too expensive.”
–Laurence Rosen, 64








Harice Leavitt, 80

“It’s free, conveniently located, I got the mailer and most of my physicians are here.”–Harice Leavitt, 80








Joseph Zawadzki, 74

“To get educated. This is an excellent forum for disseminating information about healthy heart. One can live to a ripe old age, hopefully.”–Joseph Zawadzki, 74





“I always come to the HeartFest to get my blood and sugar checked out. I learned some things I didn’t know. It’s convenient, free, and I stay on top of things. I get three things at once!”–Delores Walker

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