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2008 Women's Heart Health Fair Offers Free Screenings, Advice for Baltimore Women

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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