Go Red For Women

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

On Feb. 19, the General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC) Silver Leaf Benefit Club attended a special event sponsored by Mercy Hospital Cassville designed to accentuate the women's heart fitness program, Go Red For Women. Nema McCullah, registered nurse, who serves as the manager of the hospital's wellness center, organized the event, which included discussions on aerobics, physical characteristics and nutrition. Judy Carver, registered dietician, who serves as the director of dietary services at the local hospital, spoke about nutritious food and tested attendees on diet knowledge. Danielle Pelham, dietetic intern, highlighted the importance of sodium regulation, and Desiree Corn, wellness center technician, called attention to exercise as a heart-fitness necessity. McCullah also pointed out that heart disease is the number one cause of death for women. Silver Leaf members were given the opportunity to ask questions, and the Go Red team offered informative responses. Each member also received an information packet on heart wellness. "We all have heard the facts on heart-health, but breaking down the medical reasons for exercise, less bad fats in the diet and symptoms of a heart attack can make you realize you need to think about these things," said Sharon Farrow, Silver Leaf member. "Too many women think it's only a man's problem." President Jean Marney concluded the event with a short business meeting. Attendees received red dress pins, heart bracelets and a heart-healthy meal during the event. Pictured above, in the front row, from left, are: Pelham and Carver. Back row: Corn and McCullah. In the photo below, Silver Leaf members listen to the special presentations.

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