Times-Union Newspaper

Friday, February 5, 2010

State's First Lady Speaks At Winona

Jennifer Peryam
Times-Union Staff Writer

Friday, February 5, 2010

The 2010 Heart Truth Campaign of Kosciusko County Free Women’s Health Forum was Thursday night at Rodeheaver Auditorium in Winona Lake. Pictured (L to R) are: Dana Leon Huffer, program chairwoman; Cheri Daniels, keynote speaker; and Kim Hensley, Tri Kappa president. Photo by Jennifer Peryam, Times-Union
WINONA LAKE - One out of three women will get heart disease in their lifetime.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' wife, Cheri, spoke Thursday night in Winona Lake about the importance of heart health.

Cheri was the keynote speaker at the 2010 Heart Truth Campaign of Kosciusko County Free Women's Health Forum at Rodeheaver Auditorium.

This year was the fourth year for the forum.

Tri Kappa hosted Thursday's health forum, and Kosciusko Community Hospital served as a partner for the event.

Tri Kappa's mission is to promote charity, culture and education.

Today is National Wear Red Day when people are encouraged to wear red to promote women's heart health awareness.

Cheri has formed a partnership with the Indiana Department of Health in helping to raise awareness about women's heart disease. She is a member of the Indiana Heart Hospital advisory board.

Cheri spoke for 20 minutes about women's heart health.

After her mom was diagnosed with heart disease, she learned that it was the number one killer of women.

Through a partnership with the State Department of Health, she established the Heart to Heart program and travels throughout the state to encourage people to live heart-healthy lives.

The Heart Truth campaign is a national awareness campaign created by National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes Department of Health.

"For so many years we thought women's biggest threat was breast cancer, but heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined," Cheri said.

Getting a yearly physical, not smoking and knowing cholesterol and blood pressure numbers are a good way to prevent heart disease, according to Cheri.

The risk of heart disease is two to four times higher among women who are heavy smokers, according to Cheri.

Cheri said exercising 30 minutes a day, five days a week is a good amount for cardiovascular health.

She said the same advice applies to men.

"As women we take care of everyone else and wear many hats as wives, mothers, sister, aunts, daughters and professionals, but we shouldn't put our health on the back burner," Cheri said.

During Thursday night's health forum, KCH offered free metabolic risk screening to attendees.

The screening included a fingerstick glucose/blood sugar, blood pressure, waist circumference and self-assessment questionnaire.

In addition, Tri Kappa was joined by several exhibitors providing services and products related to women's health in Kosciusko County.

Each woman who attended the forum received educational materials regarding the Heart Truth campaign, a red dress pin and a calendar that included heart-healthy recipes.

In addition, Caleb France, Cerulean Restaurant, provided a heart health recipe card to those who attended.

For more information about the Heart Truth Campaign, visit www.hearttruth.gov

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