Affairs of the Heart Is Thursday, Feb. 27

The Big Red Bags Have Arrived!

Sponsored by Henry Community Health and Ascension St. Vincent

If you have attended Henry Community Health’s Affairs of the Heart event before then you know one of the big treats for the evening is the big red bag. This year’s bag is going to be a favorite for years to come as it is an insulated grocery bag. Of course they will be available to the first 600 through the doors at First Baptist Church Family Life Center beginning at 4 pm, Thursday, February 27.

More New Vendors for You at the Women’s Fair

Lots of surprises are in store including many new vendors along with some of your previous favorites at the Women’s Fair which will be held from 4-6:30 pm. There will be lots of free and for sale items to fill those bags which are sponsored by Henry Community Health, Ascension St. Vincent, Citizens State Bank, Family Dental Care of New Castle, Interlocal Community Action Program, Henry County Cardiology, Henry County Community Foundation, Henry County Health Department, Henry County Heart Society and Stonebrooke Rehabilitation Center & Suites.

Henry County YMCA will be on hand in the Fellowship Hall with exercise demonstrations including cardio boxing, yolates and zumba. Snack-size samples from Addison Place, A Fuller Living, Boar’s Head, Jack’s Donuts, and Mancino’s Pizza & Grinders  will be available while you watch the demonstrations and listen to DJ Diane from SoundStorm. Thanks to Stonebrooke Rehabilitation Center and Suites you won’t have to go thirsty.

You Can Help Others, Too

As in year’s past, attendees are asked to bring items for local food pantries in lieu of an entrance fee. Members from God’s Grain Bin and Henry County Salvation Army will be on hand to thank you for your generosity.

Health Screenings

Do you know your numbers? Along with lots of health information, several health screenings will be available at the Women’s Fair to help you check up on numbers such as:

A1C – diabetes
Blood Pressure
Body Mass Index
Oxygen Level


At 6:30 pm everyone will be invited into the sanctuary to sit and relax and hear this year’s special guest speakers. Up first:

A Lifesaving Night

You won’t want to miss the real life story of this mother-in-law and daughter-in-law as they tell their story about having a heart attack over the holidays.

Mary Kay Larson of Kalamazoo, MI was being visited by her children and their families over a recent holiday when she suffered a heart attack. Luckily her daughter-in-law Kris Larson, a registered nurse, was one of the house guests. Hear them talk about that night through her rehabilitation.

Mary Kay is the mother of four adult children whom she shares with her husband of 60 years.  She is a Pastor’s wife, women’s conference speaker, and has spent 16 years teaching Biblical Life Principles to incarcerated women in the Kalamazoo area.  Mary Kay attended Grand Rapids School of Bible and Music and Taylor University. She enjoys reading, homemaking, and spending time with her family including her nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Kris Larson is originally from Michigan. She and her husband Matt moved to New Castle 23 years ago where they raised their two daughters.  She obtained her degree from Anderson University and has worked at Henry Community Health. Kris currently works at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital as a nurse educator.  She enjoys spending time with her family especially on the lake during the summer.

Women’s Cardiac Risk Clinic

Up next is Board Certified Cardiologist Emily Ruden with Ascension St. Vincent Medical Group. Dr. Ruden is a great believer in prevention and will be speaking about the benefits of the Women’s Cardiac Risk Clinic.

Dr. Ruden earned her undergraduate degree with distinction from Purdue University and received her MD from Indiana University School of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency at Duke University and completed her cardiovascular and cardiovascular diagnostic imaging fellowship from The Ohio State University. When not at work you can find her spending time with her family, and all things soccer – watching, playing, coaching and now – teaching her children.

Joining Dr. Ruden will be Dr. Hiroko Noda-Hieny, another board certified cardiologist. Dr. Noda-Hieny oversees the Women’s Cardiac Risk Clinic at Henry County Cardiology.

Looking for the list of Affairs of the Heart vendors? Here it is!