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Check In With Your Heart Health During American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month, and with recently published research indicating blood pressure control has worsened in both men an woman since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Meriden-New Britain-Berlin YMCA urges our community members to make their health a priority by getting a blood pressure screening. Blood pressure guidelines from American Heart Association indicate that nearly half of all Americans (46 percent) have high blood pressure. High blood pressure is often referred to as “The Silent Killer” because there are typically no warning signs or symptoms.

While high blood pressure and heart disease are serious conditions, the good news is a healthy heart is an achievable goal through lifestyle changes such as lowering sodium intake, eating healthier, and getting more physical activity. Getting help can be as easy as contacting the Y and taking part in the YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program or Cardiac Rehab programs.

Meriden Y hosts Noche de Estrellas fundraiser at Mountain Mist

The Mountain Mist Outdoor Center was transformed for a night from the Meriden YMCA’s summer camp into a celebration of being able to socialize freely — while helping the hundreds of children who will attend the camp this summer.

The Noche de Estrellas fundraiser brought music, Caribbean food and between 200 and 300 people to Mountain Mist Friday night to raise money for the YMCA’s annual support campaign, which provides scholarships to allow families in need to send their children to camp.