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FOR RELEASE: May 13, 2003
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Midwest City Mayor Proclaims National Women’s Health Week, May 11-17

Heart disease is not just a man’s disease – it’s the number one killer of women. The Heart Truth is that one in three deaths among Oklahoma women is due to heart disease, according to officials at the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH). Midwest City Mayor Eddie O. Reed has proclaimed May 11 through May 17 as National Women’s Health Week in Midwest City to celebrate the progress in women’s health and recognize that more needs to be done to safeguard the health of women.

Mother’s Day kicked off the Heart Truth campaign to educate women about heart disease. Health officials at the Oklahoma State Department of Health are beginning a series of efforts to inform women about the following risk factors for heart disease:

  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • diabetes
  • smoking
  • being overweight
  • being physically inactive
  • age 55 or older women
  • having a family history of early heart disease

Having an active and healthy lifestyle along with a nutritious diet will help prevent the onset of high blood pressure. Choosing nutritious eating habits, such as including five to nine fruits and vegetables a day, along with consistent physical activity at a moderate intensity, and the lack of tobacco use, will help reduce high cholesterol, while improving nutrient intake and monitoring portion size can reduce the occurrence of heart disease among women. Women with diabetes should contact a health care provider for guidance.

Moderately physical activity like walking, gardening, bicycling or dancing for 30 to 45 minutes a day is recommended. For more information, contact the OSDH Chronic Disease Service at 271-4072, or the Oklahoma City-County Health Department at 427-8651.

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