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February is Heart Awareness Month and for good reason: Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, killing 363,452 people in 2016 (the most recent statistics available). Approximately 142,000 Americans die from stroke each year as well.

What can you do to protect yourself from heart disease? The American Heart Association says that maintaining your ideal body weight is the best place to start, as well as stop smoking, moderate drinking and finding time to exercise every week.

If one or all these things were 2020 New Year’s resolutions for you – and you’ve already given up on them – think again about how your behavior can contribute to a better quality and length of your life. These are long-term efforts and worth whatever inconveniences or struggles you may experience.

How do you know when you’re having a heart attack?
Some heart attacks are sudden and intense, but most of them start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Don’t ignore these symptoms which may indicate that a heart attack is happening:

→ Chest discomfort, the most common sign, usually occurs in the center of the chest and lasts more than a few minutes, or it goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
→ Discomfort in other areas of the upper body, such as pain or discomfort in one of both arms, the back, new, jaw or stomach.
→ Shortness of breath often accompanies chest discomfort/pain.
→ Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

Heart attack signs for women
As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. However, women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other symptoms listed above, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

Signs of a stroke
Stroke is a medical emergency. Every second counts, because time lost is brain lost! Know these stroke warning signs and share them with others:
→ Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
→ Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
→ Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
→ Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
→ Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.

If you are with someone experiencing these signs, don’t delay! Call 911 so an ambulance (ideally with advance life support) can come. Also, check the time so you’ll know when the first symptom appeared. It’s important to take immediate action.

If given within three hours of the start of symptoms, a clot-busting drug can reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke.

One easy way to remember stroke symptoms is the word FAST:
F – FACE (ask the person to smile to see if the face droops or is numb)
A – ARMS (ask the person to raise both arms to see if one of them is week or numb)
S – SPEECH (ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, listen for slurring or strange sounds)
T – TIME (for any of these signs, call 911 immediately!)




We are committed as a team in creating a Financial Wellness Program for all Heidelberg Associates! The purpose of this Financial Education survey is to determine what type services/education you want or need. 

Please take a few minutes to fill out our brief Financial Education survey. The survey is just five questions long and will close on Tuesday Feb 11 at 7 p.m. Thank you! 


Single Sign-On is here: Signing on to Okta (Single Sign-On) Application

If you have not signed into Okta (Single Sign-On) Applications, please do so.
To sign into Okta, from the Heidelberg Managed Bookmarks on the top of the browser, locate OKTA or navigate to

Once at the home page of Okta:
Enter your full Heidelberg email address
The password will be your computer/email password.

Completed Projects:
Office 365 Implementation – Thank you for your support on the successful roll out of OneDrive and SharePoint!
FindTime – Offered to the Administrative Team an Outlook add-on that creates a meeting poll to let people select times they are available for a meeting then automatically creates an event from the results.

Single Database:
Dayton will join Youngstown, Cleveland, Lorain, Toledo, and Columbus in the Single Database environment on Saturday, February 15.

Ongoing Projects:
WAN replacement – Replacing the internet connection solution for all locations.  This will allow an increased response from IT and resolution deployment time.
RPC (Retail Price Communication) – A solution from VIP that simplifies the process of communicating pricing to our chains.
Pricing Application – Development of an application that automates the extraction of pricing and costing data from VIP in real time.
Okta – Continual deployment of applications to our single sign-on solution.