Fans practice healthy habits while cheering Fever to record-matching win

By Becca Bornhorst | June 2, 2012

Fever fans cheered as undefeated Indiana (4-0) crushed the New York Liberty 91-68 on Saturday evening, to match the best start in franchise history. Before the crowd took its seats to watch the contest, some participated in Indiana’s annual Heart Healthy Night, presented by Community Heart and Vascular.

Free health screenings offered on the main concourse included blood pressure and cholesterol testing.

Four-year season ticket holder Gregg Nowling said this was his first time participating in the Heart Healthy event.

“My dad died of a heart-attack at 39 so high blood pressure and cholesterol is a concern,” Nowling said. “The Fever putting on this event shows that it’s not just about the game, but it’s also about the comfort, safety and well-being of the fans.”

Season ticket holders and fans were also invited to participate in a pregame Chalk Talk featuring Community Health Network cardiologist Dr. Nan Osherwitz. The Fever’s radio and television announcer Chris Denari asked Osherwitz questions pertaining to leading a healthy lifestyle.

Osherwitz emphasized understanding one’s heart health family history, the dangers of smoking and the importance of exercise.

“I think the most important part of the partnership we have with the Fever is having these women as role models,” Osherwitz said. “People who have excelled in a healthy lifestyle, healthy diet, exercise--everything that we really promote for healthy lives.”

Indiana fan Elaine Poore is a regular participant in the Heart Healthy event, following the Fever since 2000 when the franchise was established.

“It keeps me up-to-date on my health,” Poore said. “I go to the doctor every year, but this is nice because it’s a mid-year checkup and keeps me on track of things.”

Julie Graue, Indiana’s Vice President of Business Operations, said the Fever partners with Community Health Network because the WNBA truly believes in leading a healthy lifestyle.

“It’s great because people can gain advice on how to keep their heart healthy, on what types of foods to eat and exercises to do,” Graue said. “It’s just a great way to reach out to our fans and stress how important it is to have a healthy heart.”