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February 20, 2013

Aboard the "Red Dress Express" to the "Heart Truth Social"

TARBORO — “Heart truth” is the topic of an upcoming social for women hosted by Vidant Edgecombe Hospital and East Carolina Heart Institute. The heart health event is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Rock Springs Center, located on NC Hwy. 43 about three miles west of Greenville.

Eliz Greene, heart attack survivor, will be the keynote speaker. Every woman in attendance will receive a “Red Dress Kit” with a copy of Greene’s book – “Busy Woman’s Guide to a Healthy Heart.”

“Whether it is a heart health program or an entertaining stress management keynote featuring a bowling ball and a chainsaw, Eliz gets participants on their feet, dancing, and shouting WOO HOO,” says her web site, www.embraceyourheart.com.

At age 35, Greene had a massive heart attack while seven months pregnant with her twin daughters, resulting in a C-section and open-heart surgery. She will share her personal story and provide audience members with strategies to improve their heart health, such as stress management, healthy eating habits and the incorporation of exercise.

Dr. Noel Peterson will also speak about heart health. While learning about heart health, attendees will enjoy heart healthy hors d’oeuvres and a non-alcoholic “Red Dress-Tini.” A “Wear Red” fashion show will also be a highlight of the evening.

February is Heart Awareness Month, and heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. One in four women will die of heart disease, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Heart disease also was the leading cause of death in Edgecombe County in 2009, according to the 2011 State of the County Health Report. From 2004 until 2008, the county’s age-adjusted heart disease death rates were 247.3 per 100,000 residents. At the same time, North Carolina’s rates were 202.2 per 100,000 residents, according to the Division of Public Health State Center for Health Statistics. Lack of exercise, an unhealthy diet and obesity are contributing factors to heart disease.

Women in the Tarboro area can take the Red Dress Express bus from Vidant Edgecombe Hospital to the venue. The bus departs at 5:30 p.m. and will return about 8:30 p.m. The event is free, but registration is required. To register, visit www.vidanthealth.com/womensheart or call 1-800-472-8500.

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