Heartbeat : Women's Heart Health

LUBBOCK, TX - On April 20, people across the South Plains will get together for the Go Red for Women Luncheon.

The purpose of the lunch is to raise awareness about women's heart health.

"A lot of women do not know they have heart disease or are prone to heart disease, and getting the word out to them is very important, because it is the number one killer of women," Tommy Parrish said.

Parrish is the director of the Covenant Lifestyle Center. He said there are some risk factors to know about.

"Age and family history we can't do a whole lot with," Parrish said. "But weight, activity levels, good nutrition, controlling blood pressure, controlling blood sugar are all ways to improve health and stay away from heart disease."

Parrish said the American College of Sports Medicine recommends 150 minutes of moderate activity a week.

"By doing that and getting an early start, making it fun, doing something with the family, do something as an individual," Parrish said. "Doesn't matter what kind of exercise it is, as long as you're exercising."

For more information on Go Red for Women and the American Heart Association, visit their website.


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