GO Red for Women - Canandaigua VA Medical Center
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Canandaigua VA Medical Center


GO Red for Women

GO Red for Women

Canandaigua VA Medical Center employees dressed in Red attire and met for a Snack ‘n’ learn to promote GO Red for Women.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

GO Red for Women

At the Canandaigua VA Medical Center

 Sharing information for the heart health of Women

On February 12, Canandaigua VA Medical Center employees dressed in Red attire and met for a Snack ‘n’ learn to promote GO Red for Women organized by Greta Ledgerwood, Women Veterans Program Manager. Learning to managing stress is important for all Veterans. Make sure you talk about how to manage stress with your primary care physician.

Staff participated and learned how Mindfulness, meditation and stress management, SMART Goals can keep the heart happy and healthy by reducing stress.

Mindfulness mediation is used to anchor you in the present and to focus attention on something simple such as breath, washing hands, brushing your teeth, walking, etc...

Mindfulness can teach you to achieve greater stability and emotional intelligence through the RAIN (Recognize, Accept, Investigate, Non-identify) approach to feelings.

Smart Goals are a five step method used to assist in finding actions or short-term goals that can lower stress.

 The five parts to a smart goal are being:

·         Specific  - Know what you will do and how

·         Measurable – Have a precise way to measure

·         Attainable – Be able to visualize the path to success

·         Realistic – Be able to visualize the end result being reached

·         Time-Bound – Have a timeline for achieving your goal

 Overcoming stress and learning new skills to do so is vital to your overall heart health and wellness.

 The signs of a typical heart attack include:

·         Chest discomfort

·         Upper-body pain

·         Shortness of breath

·         Sweat, anxiety

·         Lightheadedness

·         Nausea, vomiting

Symptoms common in Women:

·         Discomfort or pain in neck, jaw, shoulder, upper back or abdomen

·         Nausea, vomiting

·         Sweating, anxiety

·         Abdominal pain or heartburn

·         Dizziness, lightheadedness

·         Unusual, unexplained fatigue

 Learn more in the VA Manage Stress workbook. This guide can be used to identify and track your stress and was designed by the VA National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (NCP). It will guide you through a variety of strategies that have been shown to counteract stress.

 For additional information please contact, Greta Ledgerwood, Women Veteran Program Manager at (585) 393 – 7621



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