The Medical Center of Aurora and Whole Foods Market Team Up for Heart Health

Free Events on February 26 and March 26 to Identify Personal Risks for Heart Disease

Aurora, CO, February 22, 2011 - The Medical Center of Aurora/Centennial Medical Plaza and Whole Foods Market SouthGlenn encourage all residents to take the 28-Day Healthy Eating Challenge and improve their personal health indicator numbers.

On Saturday, February 26, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., The Medical Center of Aurora/Centennial Medical Plaza will provide free blood pressure checks, body mass index readings, and heart disease and stroke risk assessments with nurse consultations to local residents as part of Whole Foods Market SouthGlenn’s 28-Day Healthy Eating Challenge, a program designed to teach people how to live more healthfully and lower their personal risk for heart disease through diet and exercise.  The 28-Day Challenge also includes an introduction to the Engine 2 Diet, a revolutionary nutrient-packed vegan diet developed by professional athlete-turned-firefighter Rip Esselstyn. The free health assessments from The Medical Center of Aurora/Centennial Medical Plaza will be offered again four weeks later, Saturday, March 26, also from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., to help participants monitor actual health improvement through changes in lifestyle habits.

“The first step to fitness is to know your personal health numbers and the important lifestyle practices to help you manage risk factors and stay healthy,” says John Hill, CEO for The Medical Center of Aurora/Centennial Medical Plaza.  “Our nurses and administrative staff are thrilled to be able to team up with Whole Foods Market, another company committed to healthy living.”
Whole Foods Market’s 28-Day Engine 2 Challenge is a plan of action for following – and sticking to – a heart-healthy, mind-healthy, body-healthy, and taste-bud-tempting PlantStrong ™ lifestyle, created by Rip Esselstyn.  According to Rip, "People just don't realize how much power sits at the end of your fork."

Several metro-area Whole Foods Market locations schedule 28-Day Challenge events, but the partnership with The Medical Center of Aurora/Centennial Medical Plaza is unique to Whole Foods Market SouthGlenn, located at 6853 S. York Street, Suite 119, Centennial, CO  80122.  Residents are encouraged to attend both events in order to monitor their actual progress toward a more heart healthy lifestyle.

For more information about Whole Foods Market and the Engine 2 program, contact Gail Neujahr at 303.996.3660, or visit For more information about the personal checks and consultations provided by The Medical Center of Aurora/Centennial Medical Plaza, please visit or call Emily Crowley at 303.873.5682.

About The Medical Center of Aurora

The Medical Center of Aurora, the first community hospital in the Denver Metro area to receive Magnet Recognition for nursing excellence is an acute care hospital with specialization in cardiovascular services, neurosciences, oncology, surgery and women’s services. The Medical Center of Aurora also has Primary Stroke Certification.

The hospital is a Level II trauma center, serving the eastern metro area and I-70 corridor with emergency care, EMS education and support. Licensed for 346 beds, the facility is located at Interstate 225 and Mississippi in Aurora, Colo., and encompasses Main and North Campus locations along with Centennial Medical Plaza in the southeast metro area. Selected as  a "Best Place to Work" by the Denver Business Journal (2010), the hospital and its three campuses are part of the HealthONE System of Excellence.   

About Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market, Inc., with over 300 stores in North America and the U.K. and more than 54,000 Team Members, is committed to selling the highest quality natural and organic products available.  A values-driven company since its founding in 1980, Whole Foods Market recently added a seventh core value, “Promoting the health of our stakeholders through healthy eating education” that underpins the company culture.  Whole Foods Market has been on FORTUNE® magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” every year for the last 13 years. 

Emily Crowley