For the third straight year, White Plains Hospital hosted a “Go Red” Health Fair and Expo as part of Wear Red Day, a national effort by the American Heart Association to educate women about health issues.
On Friday at the hospital, there was a “kissing booth” where those who donated to Go Red Day were given dark chocolate Hershey Kisses.
“Dark chocolate is really heart-healthy,” said Jennifer Murphy, a registered nurse at the hospital. “The antioxidants are good for the heart.”
Also at the fair on Friday were booths where guests could get red hair extensions, free blood pressure screenings, dietary advice and consultations from nurses and physicians. There was also the opportunity to take a picture wearing various hats, sunglasses and red boas behind a cutout of a red dress.
All the money raised goes to the American Heart Association, according to Jennifer Shannon, nurse manager in the cardiac care unit. Last year during “Go Red” Day, the hospital raised more than $1,800, a total which they exceeded this year before the fair even started through the sale of red bracelets to hospital staff members to wear to the event. Last year the hospital raised the most money of any participating in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk to Kensico Dam.
Friday’s event is just one of many the hospital is organizing this month as part of American Heart Month. To read more about other events, click here.