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Curt Seeden: ‘Sweetheart Screening’ at Orange Coast Memorial is one way to show love for your Valentine

If you like Hallmark movies like I do, you know there will be plenty of Valentine’s Day-theme specials coming up in the next few weeks.

You know the premise: Girl is sent to near-perfect quaint town to do a marketing job; girl meets macho guy, yet still has an annoying boyfriend back home; there’s a misunderstanding between girl and macho guy; kindly old shop owner gives girl heavy words of wisdom several times; annoying boyfriend shows up out of the blue and proposes to girl in front of everybody in town; macho guy walks away unaware that girl turned down the proposal.

However, if you are not a Hallmark movie fan, I’d like to suggest an alternative to pique your sweetheart’s romantic interests as we approach Valentine’s Day.

Couples and loved ones are invited to Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center’s annual Sweetheart Screening, set for 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7.

In less time than it takes to watch Hallmark’s “Colonoscopy in Connecticut,” you have an opportunity to meet with health care professionals for a complimentary cardiovascular screening.

Screenings will include: blood pressure, total cholesterol (non-fasting), glucose (non-fasting), and body mass composition.

But wait, there’s more:

You’ll also have an opportunity to enter a drawing for a Valentine’s Day heart-healthy gift. And free cardiac health talks will be presented throughout the afternoon.

Screenings will be provided by Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and its affiliated medical group partners. Reservations are required; book an appointment by calling 800-636-6742.

We’re all concerned about our health, and this event has become very popular.

The Sweetheart Screening takes place in the medical center’s Health and Wellness Pavilion, 18035 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley.

That’s my kind of date night!

Speaking of staying healthy: It’s not too late to sign up for the FV Fit Body Boot Camp 5K Fun Run Presented by Nathan, Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Fountain Valley Sports Park.

The event supports dozens of Fountain Valley nonprofits, which receive $22 for each paid adult registration and $12 for each child registration. If you want to sign up the day of the event, you can do so. Registration opens at 7 a.m.

The 5K is open to all ages but there will be a 1-mile run before the main event for children and others unable to run the full 5 kilometers. The fun run starts at 7:45 a.m.

Prizes will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place runners in each age group.

Cost is $30 general, $20 children 6-12, free for children under 6. The Sports Park is at 16400 Brookhurst St. To learn more, visit

Source: Orange County Register

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