You only have one heart. It deserves the best. Know your numbers.

Carolinas HealthCare System is proud to bring awareness to Heart Health Month in February. CHS teammates should make heart health a priority this month and all year long.

Some factors that put you at risk for heart disease are preventable. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.

Learn About Heart Health:

Do you have Heart Health tips? Share what you do to have a healthy heart in the CHS LiveWELL Yammer Group using #KnowYourNumbers.

Heart Health Events

Know Your Numbers

Know Your Numbers screenings are available at no charge to all teammates, at all seven CHS On-Site Care locations. Screenings include a full lipid panel and A1C or glucose screening. Call 704-512-3971 for your appointment at any CHS On-Site Care. Know Your Numbers screenings are available, at no charge to all teammates, regardless of benefits status.

Wear Red with All of CHS

Join your teammates on Friday, February 2 and every Friday in February. Wear your best red attire or purchase or order a CHS Heart Health Shirt. A portion of all shirt sales will benefit Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs at Carolinas HealthCare System Pineville, Carolinas HealthCare System SouthPark, and Carolinas HealthCare System Union.

How to Order a Shirt: 

  1. Order a shirt on the CHS Proud Store 
  2. Purchase a shirt at a pop-up store and avoid shipping fees. Upcoming pop-up stores:
Date Location Time
Thursday, January 25 CHS Anson | Community Room
2301 US-74, Wadesboro, NC 28170
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 30 Levine Children's Hospital | Gorelick Auditorium
1000 Blythe Blvd.
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
Wednesday, January 31 Carolinas Rehabilitation at CMC | PDR CR Main
1100 Blythe Blvd
10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.  
Thursday, February 1 CHS Stanly | PDR 1/2
301 Yadkin Street, Albemarle, NC 28002
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.  
Thursday, February 1  CHS NorthEast |  Front of cafeteria 2 - 4 p.m.
Tuesday, February 6  CHS Lincoln | Main Lobby 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
Friday, February 9  Airport Center, Bldg K Lobby | Main Lobby 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
Friday, February 9  CHS Pineville, Cafeteria  | Main Lobby 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Tuesday, February 13  Carolinas Medical Center | Tower Dining Room 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.


2018 Cupid’s Cup 5K Run and One-Mile Walk

2018 Cupid’s Cup 5K Run and One-Mile Walk presented by Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute takes place on Saturday, February 17. CHS teammates can use the case-sensitive code LiveWELL and receive a $5 discount on registration.

Visit Cupid's Cup to register today. Cupid’s Cup benefits Cardiac Rehabilitation programs at Carolinas HealthCare System Pineville, Carolinas HealthCare System SouthPark and Carolinas HealthCare System Union.

CHS Total Health Events

CHS LiveWELL Total Health Events are being held all month long at a location near you.

These events are designed to get you on your way to a healthy heart! Get measurements for the Healthy Weight Reward, complete your health survey, make an appointment for health coaching, speak to a CarolinaCARE representative, and of course, learn all about the 2018 CHS LiveWELL Incentive.

Complete your Core Four Incentives by January 31 for a chance to win a CHS Jacket!

Note: Know Your Numbers screenings will not be conducted at these Total Health Events, however we can assist with completion of the KYN e-Form.


CHS Teammates: Heart Health Stories

Susan Postell

I do not have a family history of diabetes so at my yearly checkups an hgbA1c was never drawn. I had my labs drawn early this year at CHS On-Site care for Know Your Numbers. They revealed an A1C that was 6.6. I called my PCP and was instructed to watch my diet and exercise and have it redrawn in June. My A1C on June 9 was 7 so I chose to start on Metformin. This diagnosis of diabetes blew my socks off because my husband has had diabetes for over 30 years. He has every long-term effect of diabetes you can name. I never expected to be diagnosed with diabetes, but know that I would not have been diagnosed early in the process if not for Know Your Numbers. I know better than anyone what delaying treatment for diabetes can do to your body. I am grateful for this program and what it means to my long term health.

My A1C was 5.9 in September and I am determined to continue on the path to a healthier life. Susan H. Postell, RN, BSN, CBCN


Dr. Ted Frank

Lifestyle considerations are probably the most important aspect of optimizing heart health. Follow a balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, limit excessive salt intake, and avoid non-nutritional calories that are present in sodas, chips and the like. Remember to incorporate daily exercise into your routine—preferably at least 30 minutes 5 days per week.

Following a healthy lifestyle can make you feel better and reduce your chance of developing chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Follow a healthy diet and eat in moderation. Exercise frequently. Avoid all tobacco products.

Ask my wife! Plenty of vegetables and whole grains. Beef is OK as long as not in excess and/or too frequently. Fish and chicken are healthy choices. I am always eating raw vegetables such as carrots, celery and peppers—my staff can attest to this!


Dee Didonato

The heart is a muscle that grows stronger with exercise. Determined to reduce her blood pressure and cholesterol without medicine, Dee began walking laps around her building during lunch. After that, the weight just started to "slide" off. She now has more energy to play with her grandchildren, and has avoided the need for medication.

Dee Lost 60 pounds and has seen her cholesterol numbers get reduced by 46 points (down from ~250) Her goal is to get her cholesterol under 200.

Thanks to some lifestyle modifications and talking with her doctor, Dee no longer needs back surgery, has very little arthritis pain in her knees and can walk the stairs without being out of breath.

Dee is so grateful she can share the benefits of her improved health with her CHS team and her family.


Take Time Out for Prevention

Teammates have a total of two hours of paid time, in 15-minute increments, at any time during the year, to complete routine preventive care. Learn how to log your time when using Time Out for Prevention.

See the Preventive Care Guide for a recommended schedule of screenings for adults and children.

More tips for a healthy heart:

  • Move more
  • Prepare more meals that include more fruits, vegetables and healthier fats with the LiveWELL Cookbook
  • Know and manage your blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure
  • Having diabetes more than doubles your risk of heart disease. Make sure you know if you are at risk for diabetes.
  • Know Your Numbers early. The CHS LiveWELL Incentive encourages teammates to participate in these screenings that can detect warning signs of heart disease
  • Take steps to avoid or stop tobacco use, with FREE assistance
  • Manage stress
  • Strive to maintain a healthy weight with these resources
  • Participate in the Healthy Weight Reward   
  • Visit your primary care physician for preventive care. If you do not have a primary care physician, call the CHS Provider Referral Line at 704-355-7500 or 800-821-1535 or visit the Physician Directory