Phoebe talks heart health at mall on Valentine's Day

Phoebe gave out free blood pressure screenings at the Albany Mall Wednesday.

Photo: Kailey McCarthy

The Albany mall was filled with residents on Wednesday, all looking for that last minute Valentine's Day gift.

From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, representatives from Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital were also present at the mall giving out free blood pressure screenings.

Phoebe Director of Community Health, Darrell Sabbs says with Wednesday being the day of love, it was also a great time for residents to get their blood pressure checked out.

Seven stations were set up throughout the mall filled with nurses and students from Albany State University, Georgia Southwestern and Albany Technical College.

Different doctors from Phoebe were on hand all afternoon, speaking with residents about their high blood pressure checks and working to get it treated.

Sabbs says he hopes mall goers learned more about their health Wednesday.

"When you learn how important the heart is and how important eating healthy and being active, not smoking and practicing early detection is, those are the kinds of things that you learn when you focus in on your heart," said Sabbs.

On Saturday, Phoebe will be at the Civic Center doing free CPR training and blood pressure checks.

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