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To Your Health: Heart Association to host women’s health expo

Visitors stop by variety booths 2012's Go Red for Women Community Expo Chicago.

Visitors stop by a variety of booths at 2012's Go Red for Women Community Expo in Chicago.

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Updated: March 14, 2013 6:26AM



Chicago-area women can start to take control of their heart health at the Go Red for Women Community Expo set for Feb. 27 at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave.

The free event will include heart-health screenings, interactive workshops on topics including nutrition and exercise and take-home resources.

The expo will run 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the last health screenings beginning at 1:15 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, but women are encouraged to visit www.ChicagoGoRedforWomen.org or call (312) 476-6679 to register.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, killing one woman every minute. An estimated 43 million women in the United States are affected by the disease, and it is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined.

But with the right information, education and care, heart disease can be treated, prevented and even ended.

At the Go Red for Women Community Expo, women will have the opportunity to take part in heart-health screenings, including tests for blood pressure, body mass index, cholesterol and blood sugar.

The event also will include town hall-style question-and-answer sessions in English and in Spanish, featuring physicians, other health care professionals and a financial adviser.

Throughout the morning, there will be interactive workshops on heart-healthy living, including a cooking demonstration and a Zumba class.

The American Heart Association’s mission is to build healthier lives by preventing, treating and defeating heart disease and stroke, America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers.

For more information visit, www.ChicagoGoRedforWomen.org.



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