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Jennifer Kennedy
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St. Mary Mercy Celebrates Heart Month with an Unique Dress Display
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For the past two years, St. Mary Mercy Livonia has displayed within the hospital a red, formal gown in its lobby as part of its heart month d├ęcor to convey to women the importance of heart disease awareness using the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign symbol of the red dress. This year, with the help of students from Plymouth West Middle School, the display is a little different. Two dresses, both made from non-traditional materials, are on display in the hospital's South Lobby.

To make the dress display possible, Life Management teacher, Eva Bazi, and Technology Education teacher, Mark Trzeciak, helped recruit nine students from the classes. These students embraced the challenge of using a material other than cloth to construct the dresses and formed two teams: team duct tape and team cellophane.

The students worked on this service project during their home room and lunch hours for approximately three months to complete the dresses. In addition to being a fun project, the students learned about the importance of a heart-healthy lifestyle to prevent heart disease and the meaning of the red dress as a national symbol for women and heart disease awareness.

"This is a creative way to engage young people and teach them the important role exercise and proper nutrition plays in heart health," said Sarah Gilbert, St. Mary Mercy executive director of Cardiovascular Surgery and Rehabilitation Services.

In addition to displaying the red dresses, St. Mary Mercy invites the community to learn more about heart health through at the following events:

Wednesday, Feb. 19: Khurram Ahmad, MD will present on the signs and symptoms of Heart Attack and Stroke in Women at the Westland Friendship Center at 1 p.m. This is a free event. For questions, please contact Sister Janet Marie Adamczyk at 734-655-1646

Thursday, Feb. 20: Ladies Night Out, 5:30 to 7 p.m., South Auditorium. Dr. Gardi will discuss heart health issues specific to women including symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Learn how to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle.

The event is free, but registration is required. Bone density, blood pressure, body mass index (BMI) and massage will also be available. Space is limited. Please call 734-655-1182 or visit and click on Classes & Events.
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