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Go Red For Native Women Heart Health Summit Coming Up

American Heart Association

The American Heart Association’s inaugural Go Red For Native Women Heart Health Summit will be held on Friday, February 20, 2015 at the NCED Conference Center and Hotel, 2801 East State Hwy 9, in Norman, Oklahoma. The one-day summit is free to attend and will provide health screenings and educational classes on heart health, physical activity, nutrition and tobacco use beginning at 8 a.m.

“Part of the challenge for the Native American community is to raise awareness about the disease and its risk factors,” said Rachel Crawford, AHA Director of Health Equity, Native American/Alaska Native Initiatives. “For instance, Native Americans die from heart disease at younger ages than other racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Additionally, Native women have high rates of diabetes, overweight and obesity, and high blood pressure, which are factors that increase heart disease risk.”

The Oklahoma Division of the American Heart Association recognized the need to create special outreach efforts in order to better educate the Native community on the risks of heart disease through this specially designed health conference for women.

This event is held in conjunction with the American Heart Association’s national Go Red for Women movement, which raises awareness among women about their No. 1 health threat—heart disease. For more information, contact Rachel Crawford at 405-593-6931 or visit Heart.org.

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