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KU Hospital benefit offers heart-healthy tips for women

January 22, 2010

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Kansas University Hospital’s heart health program benefit will have a special guest.

It’s Bob Greene, author of “The Best Life Diet.”

Maybe you haven’t heard of him, but I bet you’ve heard of the personal trainer’s client: Oprah Winfrey.

Greene will talk about heart health strategies during Girls’ Night In, a benefit for “A Change of Heart,” the women’s heart health program at KU Hospital. Guests also will get to taste-test food inspired by his recipes.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center, and last until about 9 p.m. Tickets are $100 and can be obtained by calling 913-588-8888 or e-mailing funddevelopment@kumc.edu.

“A Change of Heart” program brings women together to receive personalized heart health assessments, make lifestyle changes and support each other in improving heart health.

The program was inspired by the fact that one in three women die from coronary vascular disease, yet only half of the women in our country are aware of this.

Of the more than 500 women who have gone through the assessment at KU, 88 percent have had one or more risk factors for heart disease.

“It has been exciting to see Girls’ Night In grow as an event, but more importantly, as a catalyst for women to take their heart health seriously. We don’t just talk about women’s heart health, we offer tools for women to take action,” said Tammy Peterman, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer for KU Hospital.

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