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Free heart health screenings on Thursdays during February at CVS MinuteClinics

Posted on February 5, 2019 by admin


In honor of American Heart Month, CVS Health is offering free heart health screening any Thursday during the month of February at local CVS MinuteClinics.  People can visit a local MinuteClinic for a free screening on February 7, 14, 21, or 28, 2019.

Individuals receiving screenings will learn the five key personal health numbers that can help determine risk for heart disease:  total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index.

There is a MinuteClinic located at 22 Depot Hill Rd., Southbury.

According to the American Heart Association, nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented.  Yet most people, especially women, don’t know their personal health numbers that are critical to determining their risk.  Knowing your risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke is critical to improving community health.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common heart attack symptom in women is some type of pain, pressure or discomfort in the chest. However, those symptoms are not always severe or even the most prominent in women.  Sometimes, women have a heart attack without chest pain.

Women are more likely than men to have heart attack symptoms unrelated to chest pain, such as:

  •     Neck, jaw, shoulder, upper back or abdominal discomfort
  •     Shortness of breath
  •     Pain in one or both arms
  •     Nausea or vomiting
  •     Sweating
  •     Lightheadedness or dizziness
  •     Unusual fatigue

Women’s symptoms may occur more often when women are resting, or even when they’re asleep. Mental stress also may trigger heart attack symptoms in women.

CVS Health also announced they have extended their support of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign with a new three year, $15 million commitment to life-saving cardiovascular research and education.

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Compulsory School District Merger Plan is Bad for Connecticut

Posted on January 31, 2019 by admin


Meeting with Cub Scout Pack 162

Posted on January 24, 2019 by admin


I was delighted to be the guest speaker for Cub Scout Pack 162 from South Britain Congregational Church in Southbury Tuesday night.   The Scouts were certainly thoughtful and engaged as we discussed the legislature and my role as their State Representative, especially when we talked about bill proposals.  Of the many proposed ideas a few certainly stood out, including one to shorten the school year to 100 days, and one to prohibit homework.

Another Scout thought it would be a good idea to license cats like we do dogs to make sure there is parity among the animals. As it turned out, his sister is the one who actually proposed the idea because of an allergy.   So, we used that idea as a jumping off point to discuss the legislative process, ran it through a hypothetical legislature and discussed which committees would need to hold hearings, how both kids could testify in favor and against, and whether or not we thought the bill would survive debate in the House and Senate and garner a signature from the governor.

Thank you, once again, for inviting me!