Heart Disease, the Leading Killer of American Women, is Largely Preventable
BALTIMORE, Feb. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --
What: The Sister to Sister Women's Heart Health Fair will offer free
heart screenings to measure women's cholesterol, blood
pressure, Body Mass Index, waist circumference and do a review
of family health history. Potential life-saving results are
given on-site. Medical counselors will explain the results and
offer suggestions on what can be done to lower risk factors.
Local chefs will demonstrate heart-conscious recipes and
fitness experts will present activities that complement healthy
eating. Other medical experts will talk about diabetes,
obesity, smoking cessation and stress management -- all factors
in heart health. Free massages will be offered to reduce
stress, vendors will add to the fun, and attendees will have
the opportunity to go home with giveaways and prizes.
When: Tuesday, February 26th, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: The Baltimore Convention Center, Hall A
Who: The Women's Heart Health Fair is sponsored by the Sister to
Sister Foundation, a 501(c)(3) foundation dedicated to bringing
free heart disease screenings and "heart-health" information to
women to prevent heart disease.
Sponsors: National corporate partners include Abbott Labs, Smart Balance,
Novartis, Cardinal Health Foundation and Kellogg's. Government
partners include the Office on Women's Health in the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Research
on Women's Health in the National Institutes of Health, the
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute in NIH, and the U.S.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Local sponsors include: CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield,
University of Maryland Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine,
Comcast, Harborplace & The Gallery and The Baltimore Sun.
Why: Heart disease is the leading killer of American women, claiming
more lives than the next six causes of death combined.
However, only 46% of women know this critical fact and only 13%
consider it their greatest potential health threat. The good
news is that in most cases, heart disease can be prevented by
making simple lifestyle changes.
More information about Sister to Sister and their National
Women's Healthy Heart Campaign is available online at
|SOURCE Sister to Sister Foundation|
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