USM hosts "Go Red for Women Luncheon"

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hundreds of women from the Hattiesburg area today learned more about heart health at an annual event hosted by the American Heart Association. A Go Red for Women Luncheon at USM's Thad Cochran Center featured exhibit booths, health screenings and physician-hosted breakout sessions.

It was all done to increase awareness of how heart disease affects women.

"We want women to be aware that heart disease is the number one killer in the State of Mississippi, as well as around the world," said Eve Elias, regional director for the American Heart Association. "We also had doctors speaking from both Forrest General Hospital and Wesley Medical Center to educate the women here on heart disease and we have well over 200 women here today," Elias said.

It's about education, it's about these women getting out and hearing about heart disease, heart wellness, heart health, eating well, exercising, all of the aspects of life that can actually impact your overall well-being," said Mike Neuendorf, CEO of Wesley Medical Center, which served as the Signature Sponsor for the luncheon.

7-On-Your-Side's Sheri Falk was mistress of ceremonies for the event.

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