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Celebrate heart health this month in Vail

VAIL — Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the U.S., but it can be prevented. In recognition of the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) American Heart Month, the Vail Vitality Center and several of their partners are offering heart-friendly education, fitness and therapy options throughout the month of February.

Wednesday, feb. 19: Vail Valley Partnership Mixer at the Vail Vitality Center, 5 to 7 p.m.

On Wednesday, Feb. 19, the Vail Vitality Center plays host to the Vail Valley Partnership’s (VVP) monthly mixer. Participants can expect complimentary acupuncture, migraine therapy and cranial sacral mini-treatments, discounted private training sessions, educational tips from trainers and specialists, and appetizers, wine and mixed drinks from Terra Bistro and beer from Crazy Mountain Brewery.

Saturday, Feb. 22: Vail Mountain Winter Uphill, 7 a.m.

The annual Vail Mountain Winter Uphill returns on Saturday, Feb. 22, as runners, skiers and snowshoers tackle 2,200 vertical feet of groomed trails to reach Eagle’s Nest at the top of the Eagle Bahn gondola in Lionshead. This year’s event is ideal for competitors and non-competitors featuring categories for each, and it honors the memory of Vail local, Lyndon Ellefson. All entry fees collected also benefit the Vail Valley Foundation’s Literacy Program and the U.S. Mountain Running Team. The event begins at 7 a.m. in the Lionshead base area, adjacent to the Eagle Bahn gondola. Categories include ski and non-ski options, and prizes will be awarded by overall place and category by gender age group, including 18 and under, 19 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59, 60 to 69 and 70 plus. The finish line features separate portals for competitive and non-competitive participants, and results are posted for competitive racers only. Online registration is available at http://www.imathlete.com/events/vailmountainwinteruphill prior to the race, and on race day until 6:30 a.m. Race entry fees are $30 through Feb. 21, and $40 the day of the race. The first 100 registrants receive an Eddie Bauer beanie. For information, contact Ellen Miller at alpineellen@gmail.com or call 970-389-5392.

Month-long: Benefits of Massage and Vail Vitality Center Spa Special

There are several health benefits associated with massage, especially when scheduled consistently. Massage reduces inflammation after exercise so the body becomes more efficient at recovering. Massage also boosts the immune system by increasing “Killer T-Cells,” which leads to better overall health and more successful recovery. When included on a more frequent basis, massage helps the body to release tension resulting in less discomfort, stiffness and pain, in general. Finally, regular massage relieves symptoms created by emotional and physical stress, which contributes to overall well being and a sense of vitality. During the month of February, The Spa at the Vail Vitality Center is offering two 50-minute treatments for $240 (may be used by one person or shared). The Vail Vitality Center will donate $5 from each treatment to Starting Hearts. Call 970-476-7960 for more information, or visit 970-476-7960.

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