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Meridian goes red for women at heart health event

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the U.S., and last night at Meridian Go Red for Women, women learned how the disease affects them.

“There was a time when people thought of it as a man’s disease. I think with more awareness and more interest, people are learning that, no, this really does affect women too,” said Dr. Jennifer Rodriguez, a cardiologist at the Cardiologist Institute of the South.

Various community organizations hosted the event.

“We participate every year - the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, and several members of the American Heart Association Board. I think it’s a great opportunity to give something back to the American Heart Association, as well as to ourselves as women and what we need for life," said Angela Turner, president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's Meridian Chapter.

Over 190 women attended.

“This is my second year in a row. There’s always a lot of good information. I am into fitness and healthy eating, so I always pick up a lot of good tidbits,” said Benita Madden.

“I thought it was great. It gave us a lot of great tips, things you don’t really think about in everyday life, especially how to cook a great meal. I was excited to see some different stuff and different ways to cook,” said Mccall Waller.

A big focus of the event was nutrition. The chef and owner of Harvest Grill came and prepared a few heart-healthy dishes.

“We were hoping that with a demonstration, we can show people exactly how much salt they’re getting and the difference between the cooking elements and oils,” said Rodriguez.

Women were also informed of the additional steps they must take to take to keep a healthy heart.

“Quit smoking if you smoke. Pay attention to our exercise regimen, really dedicate ourselves to that exercise regimen, and think of that exercise as medicinal process for ourselves. It so important to so many health issues, not just heart health,” said Rodriguez.


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