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2011 Press Releases
Reduce Risk of Heart Disease Through Creative Expression

CLEARWATER,Fla.,(January 25, 2011)-Taking care of your heart and minimizing stress are some keys to a longer healthier life. During American Heart Month, Morton Plant Mease offers C.R.A.Y.O.N.S, an interactive event that focuses on the importance of making time in your life for play, creative expression and developing strategies for living fully in the present moment. Improving your attitude through creative expression and play can help reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

At the free interactive event, guests will be able to be creative through art work and writing, learning creative expression for wellness, balance, self-discovery and reflection.  Attendees will also develop strategies for intentional play and coping mechanisms through humor.

Julia Balzer Riley, RN, MN, AHN-BC, REACE, will be the speaker at the C.R.A.Y.O.N.S In Our Palette seminar. C.R.A.Y.O.N.S will be held on February 18, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Heritage Springs, Performing Arts Center located at 11345 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity, FL.

"With an environment of people working more than 40 hours a week and having other responsibilities, adults don't make time to play but it is beneficial to our well being," said Riley. "Playing reduces the risk of depression and is essential in that it is exercise for our brain, keeping it sharp and reducing stress on our heart."   

To register for the complimentary event or for more information, call (727) 953-6877.     

About Morton Plant Mease

Nationally recognized for health care excellence, Morton Plant Mease Health Care is dedicated to providing community owned health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. Morton Plant Mease Health Care is comprised of the following hospitals - Morton Plant, Clearwater; Mease Dunedin, Dunedin; Mease Countryside, Safety Harbor and Morton Plant North Bay, New Port Richey.

About BayCare Health System

BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient's lifetime. With more than 195 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need. 

BayCare's family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony's, St. Joseph's, St. Joseph's Children's, St. Joseph's Hospital-North, St. Joseph's Women's, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at

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Beth Hardy, (727) 298-6199 Phone, (727) 402-8113 Pager

Denise Moore, (727) 461-8548 Phone, (727) 402-5975 Pager