Thursday, February 28, 2008

Leap Day = Heart Health Fair

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States, so it's never too early to learn the signs and symptoms of this terrible disease, and to get your heart checked.

If you live in Southeast Michigan, you're in luck: the Sister to Sister National Women's Heart Health Fair is being held tomorrow, February 29, at the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit.

A free, informative, and engaging event for women, the Sister to Sister Heart Health Fair features lifestyle presentations, cutting-edge information on medical issues and complimentary heart-health screenings. In addition, participants of this special one-day event will have the opportunity to talk with medical, lifestyle, nutrition and fitness experts, experience cooking and fitness demonstrations, learn stress-reduction techniques, and enjoy vendors, raffles, and giveaways.

Sponsored locally by GM, the Detroit Medical Center, National City, Compuware and Humana, this heart healthy event runs from 8:30 - 6 pm in the GM Wintergarten inside the Renaissance Center.

Since its founding in 2000, Sister to Sister has impacted the lives of thousands of women by providing life-saving screenings and educational resources.

To date, the non-profit has screened more than 50,000 women for heart disease risk factors and accomplished the following:

  • 80% of women screened at our fairs have recognized for the first time that they are at risk for heart disease;

  • More than 50% of the women screened have learned that they have two or more risk factors for heart disease;

  • Nearly 75% of the women found to be at risk reported seeing their doctor as a follow-up to the screening;

  • Women found to be at high risk for heart attack have been sent directly to the hospital for life-saving treatments.
For more information on Sister to Sister, click here.

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