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It’s a sad fact that women often worry about everyone else first and suffer the health consequences later.

It doesn’t have to be that way. King’s Daughters Medical Center, in partnership with the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health and The Heart Truth® program, is bringing From the Heart, a free, fun, educational and woman-centered program to Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin and Martin counties and surrounding communities.

During the course of the eight-month program, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Uncover their specific risk factors, including baseline and follow-up heart health screenings;
  • Learn and practice steps to improve their heart health;
  • Enjoy a healthy, free girls night out every month;
  • Develop life-long friendships;
  • Become stronger and healthier;
  • Earn rewards and win prizes; and
  • Become a Women’s Heart Health Warrior.

From the Heart is open to women of all ages living in and around the grant counties. Enrollment is limited to the first 100 women. To enroll, please call 1-888-377-KDMC and mention the From the Heart Program.

The first step in the program is baseline screening, which includes measures of blood pressure, oxygen and sugar; total cholesterol; pulse; and a screening EKG. Baseline screenings have been scheduled for May 28, 30 and 31 in Prestonsburg and May 29 at the Martin County Public Library in Inez.

“Every month, we’ll get together and talk about a specific topic and tips that women can start using immediately to improve their heart health,” said nurse practitioner Terri Hall, APRN, who is leading the program. Topics range from women’s unique hearts to stress, diet, risk and exercise.

“Every meeting will feature a healthy meal, targeted education and the opportunity to win prizes and earn future rewards such as gym memberships, cookware, and scales,” Hall said. Women will receive The Heart Truth reference book they can use throughout their lives.

Women who complete the program will celebrate on National Wear Red Day, the first Friday in February, with a banquet and recognition program.

“Our hope is that not only will these women become more aware of their heart health but that they become advocates for all of the women in their circle of friends and family and for all women in their community,” Hall said.

From the Heart is sponsored by a grant from the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health as part of a public-private partnership with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to promote The Heart Truth®, a women’s heart health awareness and action campaign. Funding is provided by individuals and corporations including The Heart Truth partners Belk Department Stores, Diet Coke and Swarovski.

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# Brenda
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 6:06 PM
I may be interested

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