"Queens of Healthy Hearts" event stresses healthy eating, fitness

Dozens of women in the Hattiesburg area are receiving an early Mother's Day gift of life-saving health advice.  The 2nd annual, "Queens of Healthy Hearts" banquet at the Lake Terrace Convention Center had a Hawaiian luau theme, with a healthy dinner and a valuable message about decreasing stress and anxiety.

The event was hosted by My Mother's Heart Foundation, an organization started by a woman whose mother died of heart disease at the age of 36.

"When we're looking at heart disease, a lot of times, people think that it's a man's disease, so I just want to raise awareness, because my mom was 36 and you never would have thought that she would have died of heart disease, so we're just raising awareness for women in this community," said Dr. Charkarra Anderson-Lewis, founder and executive director of that organization.

The event also featured free health screenings, massages and various health demonstrations.