Longview recognized for heart and stroke health efforts

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 2:30pm

Longview, TX- The Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke recently recognized Longview for promotion of heart health. Longview was recognized as a “Silver Award” recipient for practices related to preventing and controlling heart disease and stroke.

An award reception will be held at 3:00 p.m., March 22, at the Good Shepherd Institute for Healthy Living, 3133 Good Shepherd Way. The reception will recognize the efforts of the medical community, schools, businesses, the Chamber of Commerce, Gregg County, and the City of Longview as part of the endeavor. Following the reception, the award will also be presented during the Longview City Council meeting at 5:30 p.m., March 22.

“This program helps bring into focus those cities that raise the bar in cardiovascular health,” said Tom Tenner, PhD, Chair of the Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke. “The recognized cities were found to be best prepared, based on an assessment of recognized best practices in policies and environmental changes.”

Ten indicators are used to determine recognition as a Heart and Stroke Healthy City. Environmental indicators include offering physical activity areas, healthy eating options, defibrillators and CPR classes in the community. Policy indicators include smoke-free ordinances in worksites, restaurants, and day care centers; an EMS system with priority response times to 911 calls for heart attacks or strokes and recognized guidelines for the care and treatment of heart attack and stroke in hospitals.

The mission of the Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke is to educate, inform and facilitate action among Texans to reduce the human and financial toll of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

More information about the Heart and Stroke Healthy City Recognition Program can be found on the Texas Department of State Health Services web site at www.texascvdcouncil.org, or by contacting the Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke Program, Maria Benedict, by phone at 512-776-3507 or email at maria.benedict@dshs.state.tx.us.

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