According to their latest Press Release, the Health Wagon has been recognized for innovative efforts to improve heart health in southwest Virginia. St. Mary’s Health Wagon in Wise, Virginia is one of only eleven innovative, community based organizations across the country awarded a grant from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular Health program to help improve heart health in southwest Virginia. The Health Wagon serves Lee, Scott, Wise, Dickenson, Buchanan and Russell Counties in Virginia.
The fifty thousand dollar grant will provide continues funding for Expansion of Heart Health 1,2,3-Comprehensive Cardiovascular Disease Initiative for Diabetes Mellitus, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity. According to the Virginia Department of Health, heart disease and strokes, are the leading killers of Virginians. Individuals age 65 and under are at risk of developing cardiovascular disease as a result of unhealthy lifestyles, inadequate food sources, lack of physical activity, being overweight and obesity. This program is helping individuals of all ages with clinical tracking and behavioral/lifestyle tracking.
With the support and partnership with AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation, the Health Wagon has already reached over seventeen thousands patients and tracked more than three thousand patients from 2014 thru 2019 thru their Heart Health 1,2,3 program. First implemented in 2014, it was designed to reduce the risk of a cardiac event occurring in individuals living with chronic disease and bring health care to patients. The program has since been expanded to include diabetes prevention education, identifies individuals with metabolic syndrome, diabetes mellitus or nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and correlates the risk for cardiovascular disease related to these afflictions, minimizing and preventing the risk of a cardiac event.