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Long Co. Health hosts 'heart truth' day
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LONG COUNTY  — Think heart disease can’t affect you? Think again. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. In fact, one in four American women dies of heart disease every year. In 2006 in Long County alone four women died of cardiovascular disease.
In observance of National Heart Month, the Long County Health Department will have a heart disease class event from 10 a.m.-noon Thursday, Feb. 12, at the health department, 59 N. Macon St. in Ludowici. The session will include a presentation, blood pressure checks, body mass index screens and nutritional counseling. A healthy lunch will also be served.
 “Many women don’t realize that they are at an increased risk for developing heart disease,” said Cristina Gibson, director of health promotion and disease prevention for the Coastal Health District. “We hope that providing educational information and health screens will help the women of Long County have a better understanding of heart disease and how it can be prevented.”
The session is part of the heart truth campaign, sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The goal of the campaign is to make women more aware of the dangers of heart disease.
The Long County Health Department heart truth event is free and open to the public. Those planning to attend should RSVP by Monday, Feb. 9, to 545-2107, ext 233.
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