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Women’s church raises heart awareness

Posted: February 8, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 8, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Last Saturday, Santa Clarita United Methodist hosted a special community event for women. The Go Red for Women event was held to raise awareness of heart disease in women.

More than 30 women attended the luncheon on Saturday which offered guest speakers and information on prevention and treatment.

A special cardiac nurse was brought in from Henry Mayo to talk about how the heart operates and the realities of cardiovascular disease in women.

“Heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined,” said Jane Wood, coordinator of the event. “One woman dies every minute from heart disease around the country.”

The event was sponsored by the Commission on the Status and Role of Women in the Church (COSROW), a women’s group within the church. It also offered a Zumba demonstration, speakers from weight watchers, and nurses discussed the importance of diet and exercise in fighting heart disease.

“Most of us in the church grew up being taught our body is God’s temple, we are trying to say take care of it as best you can,” said Wood.

Santa Hughes, church member, volunteered to help with the event. She also reiterated the importance of heart health for women.

“Many women don’t think they fall into a category where they have to worry about having a heart attack,” she said.

“They think its a man’s disease, but women are dying from heart disease just as much as men are.”

Friday was national Wear Red for Heart Disease Day and February is national heart health month. The church felt it was perfect timing to highlight the dangers of cardiovascular disease in advance of the two national events.

“At church many people are concerned about spiritual health,” said Pastor Melissa MacKinnon. “We know its all connected, the spiritual, emotional and physical health of people. We want to focus on the total person.”



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