87th MDG commemorates American Heart Month

By Daniel Barney | Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Public Affairs | Feb. 18, 2021


February is the month for people to become more aware of their heart’s health and wellness, as the 87th Medical Group promotes American Heart Month throughout the Joint Base.


This is the opportunity for the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst community to seek advice and information on how to prevent heart disease.


“We are trying to promote a healthy heart and a healthy lifestyle,” said Jennifer Wojciechowski, 87th MDG disease management nurse. “Heart disease is the number one cause of death for men and women, alike.”


Wojciechowski, along with U.S. Air Force Maj. Matilde Tavares, 87th MDG medical management director, and Paige Sullivan, 87th MDG disease management nurse, are the key figures promoting this topic to the Joint Base MDL community, as health awareness is vital, especially during the pandemic.


“Part of our community outreach is to inform people about American Heart Month,” said Wojciechowski. “We’re doing our best to bring prevention to an individual’s health problems.”


To recognize American Heart Month and advocate for improving one’s health and wellness, they set up a display table in the front lobby of the 87th MDG facility. The display offers guides and other sources of information from the American Heart Association.


“We are always trying to provide information on how people can change their lifestyles, whether they have to increase physical exercise or change their eating habits,” said Wojciechowski. Also, she encourages people to come in for physical assessments and converse with medical professionals about solutions to prevent heart disease and continue to live a healthy lifestyle.


If anyone is concerned about his or her health or wants to learn more information about preventing heart disease, then stop by the 87th MDG. Wojciechowski encourages people to learn about health preventions because she genuinely believes, as she stated, “Knowledge is power.”