Go RED for Women

Williamson Health & Wellness Center hosted an American Heart Association Go Red for Women® awareness event on February 5th at the Health Innovation Hub on Third Ave. in Williamson.  There were over three dozen women in attendance including guests from Crossroads Recovery in Gilbert, the healthcare sector, and Tug Valley area churches.  Melissa Justice, RN, CDE, who coordinated the event said, “This event had the best turn out ever.  We had the right people in the room.”

Vicki Hatfield, APRN, CDE, with Williamson Health & Wellness Center (WHWC), and Dana Wright, WVU Extension – Families and Health Services, were both on hand to share techniques for healthy eating and exercise to lower risks for developing heart problems because of unhealthy choices.  Heart disease is the leading cause of death among females in America.  Caring for your heart through a healthy diet and regular physical activity is the secret weapon to preventing heart disease, which can reduce the risk for heart disease by as much as 80 percent.      

According to Mary Jo Dudley, a guest at the event, “It was just a wonderful event, and people were uplifting.”  Regarding the numerous health awareness events hosted by WHWC and its community partners, Dudley laughed and said, “You all just put us (women) on the move!”    

Everyone can be a part of WHWC’s #HealthyInTheHills community effort to improve 9000 healthier lives in the Tug Valley area in 2016.  Check WHWC’s Facebook page for events and programs that provide opportunities to do something “healthy” with family and friends.  The next WHWC sponsored event will be American Diabetes Association Alert!Day® on March 22nd at Food City in South Williamson, Kentucky, where free health screenings and risk assessments for type 2 diabetes will be available.  For more information about #HeatlhyInTheHills call (304)235-3400 or visit www.williamsonhealthwellness.com.