Wear red dinner to educate women about heart disease

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Program scheduled Feb. 1 at Extension Service office

By Amber Coulter

Teran Ransom knows health advice from family and friends sinks in more easily than from public service groups. That’s why she and others from the Hardin County Extension Service are making heart health a family affair.

Thursday marks the deadline to register for the Mommy and Daughter Wear Red dinner date, scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Extension Service on Peterson Drive in Elizabethtown.

The dinner marks the 10th anniversary of National Wear Red Day, an annual effort started by the American Heart Association designed to bring awareness to heart disease’s status as the top killer of women every year.

Hardin Countians are encouraged on that day to wear red and talk to friends and family about heart disease risks, symptoms and prevention.

Ransom, extension agent for family and consumer sciences, said a dinner focused on having a conversation about heart disease would be a great event for all women.

“They’re taking ownership of health together,” she said. “It’s very important.”

The event’s name is marketed to mothers and daughters, but all women are invited and encour-aged to bring female friends and family members.

The cost for dinner is $5 per person.

The dinner is planned to include a speaker from Hardin Memorial Hospital to make an educational presentation about heart disease, including the importance of family history, symptoms and prevention methods.

Prevention includes drinking plenty of water, eating healthy foods, exercising and not smoking.

The most effective way to educate the public about heart disease is to open conversation about it, Ransom said.

“I think it’s definitely important for women to talk to other women,” she said.

The event is expected to end with attendees making wreaths in the shape of hearts to reference heart disease and celebrate the coming of Valentine’s Day, Ransom said.

“We’re just trying to tie everything in and get people excited,” she said.

Ransom hopes participants leave the event motivated to educate themselves and loved ones about the dangers, risk factors and prevention methods of chronic diseases, such as heart diease.

“I think this is definitely an event that all women can benefit from,” she said.

Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or acoulter@thenewsenterprise.com.