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Heart Health and Cardiovascular Disease: Keeping Your Heart Healthy

Having a healthy heart is super important if you want to live a long and happy life. We’re going to talk about heart disease, what makes it more likely to happen, and how you can keep your heart feeling great.

What’s Heart Disease Anyway?

Heart disease is a name for when there’s something wrong with your heart or blood vessels. This can mean a bunch of different problems like clogged arteries, heart attacks, strokes, or when your heart can’t pump as well as it should. Sadly, it’s the number one reason why people around the world die. But the good news is, there are ways to stop it from happening to you.

Things That Make Heart Disease More Likely

There are some things that make heart disease more likely, and while you can’t change some of them (like getting older or your family’s health history), there are plenty you can do something about:

High Blood Pressure: This means your heart and blood vessels are working too hard. It can make heart disease more likely.

High Cholesterol: Too much cholesterol can clog your arteries, making it tough for blood to get to your heart.

Smoking: Smoking is really bad for your blood vessels and makes heart problems more likely.

Diabetes: If you have diabetes, your blood sugar levels can harm your blood vessels over time, leading to heart issues.

How to Keep Your Heart Happy

Good news! There are lots of ways to keep your heart in great shape:

Exercise: Try to get moving, like walking fast, jogging, or swimming, for about 150 minutes every week. It’s good for your heart, helps control blood pressure, and keeps your weight in check.

Eat Healthy: Eating stuff like fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean meats, and healthy fats (think avocados, nuts, and olive oil) is great for your heart.

Stop Smoking: Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your heart. There are people and medicines that can help you quit.

Check-ups: See your doctor regularly to keep an eye on your blood pressure and cholesterol. Catching problems early can help stop heart disease before it starts.

Knowing about heart health and what causes heart disease is really important. If you follow these tips, you can lower your chances of getting heart disease and live a longer, healthier life. Remember, it’s never too late to start looking after your heart.

To schedule an appointment today, just dial (814) 455-7222. Our representatives will be happy to assist you. Or click here to send an email to our team.

Our health information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Please be advised that this information is made available to assist the public in learning more about their health. Community Health Net providers may not see and/or treat all topics found herein.

1. World Health Organization: Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs)

2. American Heart Association: Understanding Cardiovascular Disease

Erie Gives is Right Around the Corner!

Erie Gives Day is right around the corner, the time of year when our community comes together to support its local nonprofit organizations. Your donation matters! Your donation will make a difference! How?

When you give to Community Health Net, you affirm that our community’s health and vitality are prioritized! Your donation ensures that individuals in the Lake Erie region have access to high-quality healthcare, regardless of insurance type, status, or ability to pay! Your gift supports equitable access to medical, dental, vision, behavioral health, pharmacy, and other specialized health services that help our community continue to feel great!

On Erie Gives Day, you can feel good about donating to Community Health Net. Why? Because we have served the community for over 35 years and are home to about 100 staff and clinicians who love Erie. Alison Davis, LPN, is one of them. She has worked for Community Health Net for over 15 years in our Healthcare for the Homeless program, caring for individuals of all walks of life. Alison has seen many people that remind her of her brother, who, alone, could not care for himself after suffering a stroke and dementia. That experience provided a profound perspective that increased her capacity to empathize with her patients deeply, often extending herself after-hours to care for their needs. She noted: “Many of the patients in the program do not have family members who will support them. They need someone who isn’t going to judge them when they come in the door. They deserve to be seen and cared for with respect. We need to have compassion for people.”

This year, Erie Gives 2022 will occur on August 9, 2022, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. During the 12 hours of online giving, The Erie Community Foundation and other generous donors will match a percentage of your donation. Giving is simple! Just visit and select Community Health Net as your charity of choice!

Are you considering donating by check? It’s easy! Make your check(s) payable to The Erie Community Foundation, accompanied by your Erie Gives Check Contribution Form, found online at All items must be turned into The Erie Community Foundation at 459 West 6th St., Erie, PA 16507, by close of business on Monday, August 8. If you need help locating the form, we are happy to assist!

Remember, your donation to Community Health Net on Erie Gives Day helps ensure Erie remains healthy and vibrant and will help improve the healthcare outcomes for people in our communities. Make your voice count! Thank you in advance for your support!

If you have any questions, contact Mary Lynn Slivinski, Director of Administrative Services, at or 814-454-4530 ext. 227.





2021 Special Enrollment Period Access Extended to August 15, 2021

On March 23, 2021, President Biden announced that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is extending access to the Special Enrollment Period (SEP) until August 15 – giving consumers additional time to take advantage of new savings through the American Rescue Plan. This action provides new and current enrollees an additional three months to enroll or re-evaluate their coverage needs with increased tax credits available to reduce premiums.

“Every American deserves access to quality, affordable health care – especially as we fight back against the COVID-19 pandemic,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “Through this Special Enrollment Period, the Biden Administration is giving the American people the chance they need to find an affordable health care plan that works for them. The American Rescue Plan will bring costs down for millions of Americans, and I encourage consumers to visit and sign up for a plan before August 15.”

  • To read the HHS press release, visit: HHS Press Release
  • To view the extended opportunity SEP fact sheet, visit: Extended Opportunity 2021 SEP Fact Sheet
  • See the updated technical guidance on the SEP at: SEP Technical Guidance
  • For FAQs on the 2021 SEP and the American Rescue Plan visit: SEP and ARP FAQs


Maria Calderon

Marketplace Navigator

Community Health Net

A Special Thanks to Wabtec!

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Thank you for your generosity and commitment to the Erie community from the staff of Community Health Net!

In the photos are Sherrai Holland, Healthcare for the Homeless Coordinator, and Andy Schaaf, Wabtec.

Health Insurance Enrollment Event

Free Enrollment Assistance for Insurance, Food Stamps, and Medicaid

If you are in need of assistance, schedule a virtual, telephone, or in-person appointment today!
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Monday, November 2, 2020
10:00 am – 12:00 pm



Community Health Net
Main Lobby
1202 State St
Erie, PA  16501

What to Bring:

Valid ID
Paystub / Tax Return
Social Security Number

How to Make an Appointment:

(814) 314-0055 or
(814) 454-4530 x287

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