CSUSB prevents heart disease one strut at a time

Carlos Carrio, Jeanette Montoya, Crystal Quintana, Kelley Billinsley, Connie Mermolejo, Veronica Copado, Elaine Burkholder

Carlos Carrio, Jeanette Montoya, Crystal Quintana, Kelley Billinsley, Connie Mermolejo, Veronica Copado, Elaine Burkholder

By Megan Spencer |Staff Writer|

The Student Center and The Center for Heath Education and Wellness hosted their fourth annual “Strut Your Stuff” event at Obershaw Dining Room Commons on Tues. Feb. 12 at 11:30 a.m.

It was a fun way to strut and bring attention to heart disease since February is celebrating Heart Health Awareness Month.

When walking in the Obershaw room in the Lower Commons, you are stunned by the beautiful red and white colors splashed everywhere, balloons lining a red carpet that weaved around the room, energetic music playing and tables set up for guests to enjoy their experience.

The team running the event wore gorgeous red dresses and were there greeting guests as they arrived.

Around 70 guests attended this event and each year it continues to grow in hopes to spread the word about heart health.

The event began when Carlos Carrio came up and introduced himself as the senior health educator at CSUSB and the host of the afternoon’s event.

Once Carrio approached the front podium he began by saying, “I want to bring health back to Cal State.”

He then shocked the audience members by saying, “Heart disease is the number one killer among men and women.”

His presentation gave many facts and examples of people who have suffered or struggled with this disease and ways to prevent it.

According to Carrio, “8.6 million women die from heart disease each year and eight million women currently live with heart disease today.”

As for men, “Half the men who die suddenly of heart disease had no previous symptoms,” said Carrio.

What most people do not know is we can take preventative steps to ensure we do not develop heart disease.

The trick is to just move. Doing something physical 30 minutes three times a week can make a huge improvement.

According to Carrio, some ways to get moving are, “park farther away, take the stairs or walk around during commercial breaks.”

It may seem silly but doing these steps now can create better habits for the future. Not only do they want to give exercise pointers but examples of healthy eating as well.

After Carrio’s presentation, Tito from Tito’s Corner gave a live cooking demonstration. He illustrated how to make a smoothie using not just fruits but also vegetables as a way to incorporate them into your daily diet.

He also showed how to prepare a simple and healthy meal with fish, green apples and his very own homemade mayo.

Once the demo was over, they finished off the event by serving a light lunch consisting of chicken salad, bread sticks and samples of Tito’s display.

Carrio leaves the audience with the thought that, “We all have excuses to not do what is good for our bodies but we have so much control to choose to make the right choices.”

An advantage to being a student on campus is everyone has the knowledge given to them by people that want to help, like the Center for Health Education and Wellness. It is how you use the knowledge you are given that makes the difference.

So get up, get moving, get healthy!





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