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KershawHealth presents a Smart Heart Red Dress Dinner

Posted: January 27, 2011 3:31 p.m.
Updated: January 28, 2011 5:00 a.m.

KershawHealth is inviting all the ladies of Kershaw County to come out to the “Smart Heart Red Dress Dinner” on Feb. 3 at the Health Resource Center from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to learn more about keeping healthy heart habits.

The Health Resource Center is located on Battleship Road, Camden. The cost is $8 per person and includes dinner, door prizes and educational material. Registration is required by Monday.

Keynote speaker Susan Outen, RN, will discuss her experience with heart disease and how she has transformed herself to overcome it.

Outen said she made a lifestyle change when she discovered she had heart disease.

“I grew up knowing I was at risk because  my father had it,” she said. But it wasn’t until later in life she that she began to take the  information seriously.

“If I can change, anyone can change,” said Outen. She lost weight, stopped smoking and began exercising on a regular basis.

“Does this mean I won’t ever have heart problems again? No, but it sure does help my chances.”

Outen said it is important for women to attend the Smart Heart Read Dress Dinner to educate themselves about heart disease and how to take steps to prevent it.

Other guests will include M. Todd Alderson, MD FACC, a cardiologist with South Carolina Heart Center; Vanessa K. Wideman, MD, a family practice physician with KershawHealth Primary Care at Elgin; Gail Branham, a cardiac rehab coordinator at KershawHealth; Sandra Spann, MS, RD, the director of South Carolina DHEC office of public health nutrition; and Mary R. Watson, an ACE and STOTT pilates certified fitness instructor.

“One in four American women will die of heart disease,” Judy Ferrell, KershawHeath public relations manager said.
“I lost my mom to a heart attack. It’s a sobering statistic, and I think it’s critical that women understand how risk factors like high blood pressure and high cholesterol impact us personally.”

The goal of the event is to teach woman how to prevent heart disease and make healthier choices.

“Unhealthy behaviors and unhealthy environments have contributed to a tidal wave of risk factors among many Americans,” said Nancy Brown, American Heart Association CEO. “Early intervention and evidence-based public policies are absolute musts to significantly reduce alarming rates of obesity, hypertension, tobacco use and cholesterol levels.”
Currently, 1 in 3 Americans (36.9 percent) have some form of heart disease, including high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke and other conditions. By 2030, approximately 116 million people in the United States (40.5 percent) will have some form of cardiovascular disease, according to the American Heart Association.

“KershawHealth is proud to bring the Smart Heart Red Dress Dinner and other events to the women of our communities.,” Ferrell said. “Education and action are critical to helping women take steps to stop this killer. We’re committed to keeping women as heart healthy as possible.”

The dinner is the kick off of KershawHealth’s “GoRed” events -- all focused on supporting women’s heart health.
Other events include “Downtown Divas Go Red,” a women’s heart night out on Feb. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. in downtown Camden, and “Community Heart Health Walks,” three organized walks scheduled for Feb. 8, 12, and 22 at Doby’s Mill Elementary, Scott Park and Kendall park, respectively.

For more information, call 424-0461.

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