Women interested in attending the Heart to Heart Health Expo in Concordia have until Friday to register.  Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade speak with Nurse Carolyn Boland:

Carolyn Boland

The Heart to Heart Expo will be next Thursday, March 21st, from 2:30 to 6:45.  Registration can be made by contacting the Lafayette County Health Department at (660) 259-4371.  An RSVP must be sent in by close of business Friday.

“We want this to be an event, and it has been an event, where we try to empower women to understand what their risks are for heart disease.  And what they can do to improve on that and to take care of themselves.  And hopefully we can wipe out heart disease altogether,” said Boland.

The event will feature keynote speaker Linda Bunten, with St. Luke’s Mid-America Heart Institute.

Press Release from the Lafayette County Health Department

Most people don’t realize heart disease is the #1 killer of women in Lafayette County, and unfortunately, too many women of all ages die unnecessarily each year from a heart attack. Area women can evaluate their risk and learn how to prevent heart disease by attending the upcoming “Heart to Heart” – Health Forum for Women. The program will be held Thursday, March 21st at Concordia Community Center, 802 S, Gordon St., Concordia, MO , and is free of charge, however, pre-registration is requested.

From 2:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., obtain free health screenings, view exhibits, recipe demonstrations, and enjoy light heart-healthy refreshments. Workshops on a variety of health topics begin at 4:00 p.m., and are repeated at 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. Drawings for several door prizes will be held throughout the evening.

At 7:15 p.m. Keynote speaker, Linda Bunten RN, BSN, Nurse Clinician of the Muriel I. Kauffman Women’s Heart Center for Saint Luke’s Mid-America Heart Institute will present “The Hearts of Women” empowering women to become more knowledgeable about heart disease and “take charge” of their health.

Other highlights of the evening include a Zumba demonstration in which event goers are invited to participate and “A Fashionable Beat” fashion show featuring heart healthy tips and the latest styles from area merchants.

The program is free-of-charge; however, preregistration is required with a March 15th deadline. Registration is limited, so register early. To pre-register, call 660.584.3658, or email lafayetteco@missouri.edu.

The program is coordinated by a local steering committee: Julie Bonar, Nancy Finkeldei, Cara Harris, Cindy Heins, Debbie Lueck, Sharon Riesterer and Rori Schreiman, with staff support from University of Missouri Extension, Lafayette County Health Department, Lafayette Regional Health Center, I-70 Community Hospital, Health Care Collaborative of Rural Missouri, Rodgers-Lafayette Dental & Health Center, and Higginsville Habilitation Center.

For more information, contact Carolyn Boland, Lafayette County Health Department, 660-259-4371 ext. 224 or bolanc@lpha.mopublic.org.