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'Go Red' event set for tribal women
2 October 2007
More Information Joan Enderle 701-252-5122, joan.enderle@heart.org; Karen Paetz 701-255-3285 x 1426, kpaetz@uttc.edu

BISMARCK (UTN) American Indian women are the special guests for a heart health workshop set for October 17 18 at United Tribes Technical College.

      "Women The Heartbeat of Our Nations," is a free 'Go Red For Women' event aimed at raising awareness about heart disease and stroke.

Go Red
Go Red event

      The gathering is sponsored by the American Heart Association, Dakota Medical Foundation and the college's Land Grant Extension Program.

      It will include opening ceremonies, keynote speakers and breakout sessions on a variety of heart health topics, fun physical activities, exhibitor booths, and cooking demonstrations. It closes with a healing ceremony.

      Monica Mayer, MD, Trinity Community Clinic, New Town, ND, will present the keynote talk: "Medical Aspects of Lewis and Clark." Dr. Mayer, a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation, will speak about medicinal uses of plants and herbs.

      During breakout sessions, participants can select from topics including: diabetes care; convenient cooking for everyday moms; new findings for quitting tobacco use, personal health, and exercise for the body and mind.

      Also offered will be a session about how to host a local 'Go Red' event. Funding is available to tribal communities in North Dakota that host them.

      Heart disease and stroke claim more women's lives each year than the next five leading causes of death combined. In many cases, heart disease and stroke can be prevented through healthy lifestyle choices.

      This event, and the American Heart Association's 'Go Red For Women movement,' focuses on educating women about their number one health threat and showing them how to take charge of their heart health. In North Dakota, 'Go Red For Women' is sponsored by Dakota Medical Foundation.

      Participants will each receive a free 'Go Red' t-shirt and can participate in free heart health screenings each morning. The blood work requires no eating or drinking after midnight. Those completing the heart health screenings are eligible for drawings that include framed artwork from George Thunder Hawk, Sr. and a week-end package from Prairie Knights Casino and Lodge, Fort Yates, ND.

      Pre-registration is encouraged. Visit www.GoRedND.com or call 1-800-437-9710. Click here to view the event flier.


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