Free women's event: 'Celebrate the Heart of a Woman'

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[March 18, 2014]  SPRINGFIELD Area women are invited to a free community event to improve their heart health. "Celebrate the Heart of a Woman" will be on April 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Gus and Flora Kerasotes YMCA in Springfield.

Sponsored by Memorial Heart and Vascular Services, the evening will feature a presentation titled "Don't Fool the Heart of a Woman" as well as several breakout sessions offering fun and easy ways to exercise and relax. Women will also learn about new ideas on food choices to keep their hearts healthy.

Women attending will have the opportunity to register to win door prizes and two grand prize packages.

"Early identification and management of risk factors for heart disease through a healthy diet, weight management, exercise and stress management can greatly reduce a woman's risk for heart disease," said Paula Harwood, a registered nurse and manager of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and heart failure at Memorial Medical Center.

Many women mistakenly think that heart disease primarily affects men, Harwood said. According to the National Institutes of Health, 1 in 4 women in the United States dies of heart disease, and 80 percent of women ages 40 to 60 have one or more risk factors for heart disease.

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The free, two-hour event is open to the public. The Kerasotes YMCA is at 4450 W. Iles Ave. Comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended.

To register, visit or call Memorial's Healthline at 217-788-3333.

[Text from file received from Memorial Health System]

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