Hallmark marks third successful supper evening in Medford

Blood pressure checks and a raffle prize were also part of the event - and all for just $4.95.

Those who attended were also treated to guest speaker Danielle Patturelli, R.N., from the Hallmark Health Cardiac and Endovascular Center.

The event titled "Your Healthy Heart" was the third of the series and Hallmark plans to offer more such nights every month. Hallmark also plans to alternate between LMH and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital until October.

"The events give out needed information in a very relaxed atmosphere," said Sherry Nadworny, director of Special Events Marketing for Hallmark. "Sometimes people will leave a doctor's office and forget to ask a certain question, so the events can answer anything and also educate the guests."

Nadworny, along with Steve Guerin, director Sodexho Foods for Hallmark Health, collaborated to start the series. Guerin said he it was a good idea to provide nutritious meals and promote healthy eating.

"The food was cheap and the food was great!" agreed guest Jack Roy.

During the evening, attendees were able to receive free blood pressure checks and share health stories with Patturelli. Seniors also asked for tips on health issues such as how to diagnose a stroke or how to prevent a heart attack.

Patturelli spoke extensively about heart health, getting into how to exercise and act to prevent a heart attack. She also talked about unorthodox symptoms of heart attacks that are common in women as well as about diabetes, strokes and osteoporosis.

"I hope to send you home more aware, so you can educate yourself and catch health problems before they happen," said Paturelli ended her lecture. "If I can help you see a health issue before it becomes dangerous, I've done my job."

Roy and his wife Elaine agreed the evening was definitely worth the trip.

"The opportunity to talk really cleared up a lot of stuff," the couple said. "We've learned a lot about how to see symptoms and no more now than we did before."


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