The Wellness Committee raises money throughout the year by holding Denim Mondays, which allows employees to pay a dollar to wear jeans on the first day of every work week.
National Wear Red Day raises awareness about heart disease in women on the first Friday of every February. All of the money collected from Denim Mondays in February will be donated to the American Heart Association to support the Go Red For Women campaign. Go Red For Women funds educational programs and research to increase the awareness of heart disease and stroke. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women, but is often preventable through healthy diet and exercise.
One way to prevent heart disease is to eat better, and an oatmeal breakfast is a great way to start. Years ago, an oatmeal commercial on television called it “one of nature’s most perfect foods.” Will County Health Department Wellness Committee Chair Amrita Raghuraman says that is still true. “Oatmeal is simply a heart-healthy, low sodium, great tasting breakfast;” she explained, “especially when you want something warm this time of year.”
The Will County Health Department will have Wellness Committee volunteers cooking for employees at oatmeal bars, with lots of popular oatmeal toppings, at the Will County Community Health Center and all three Will County Health Department branches: in Joliet, Bolingbrook, and Monee.
Raghuraman says the Wellness Committee never has trouble finding enough volunteers to cook the oatmeal. “We have a very active committee,” she said. “And this is a popular event.”
The Will County Health Department Wellness Committee urges you to wear red this Friday, February 3rd, in support of women’s health as well as heart and stroke awareness.
The Wellness Committee promotes other national health days throughout the year. Previously, they have held events for National Walking Day in April; and National Eating Healthy Day in November.
For more on programs at the Will County Health Department, please go to willcountyhealth.org.