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‘Girls Night Out’ to highlight issues of heart health for Hispanic women

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at 8:51 p.m.

In an effort to raise awareness of heart disease and strokes among Hispanic women, three local agencies are teaming up to offer a free “Girls Night Out” on Friday in downtown Wichita.

The event, called “Girls Night Out: Healthy Living for the Hispanic Woman,” runs from 5-8 p.m. at Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean. Activities will center around heart health education and tips for a fit lifestyle. Those who attend will also learn about Go Red Por Tu Corazon, a national American Heart Association initiative geared toward Hispanic people.

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of Hispanic women. On average, they develop the condition about 10 years sooner than other women, the AHA said.

Friday’s activities are hosted by the Hispanic Women’s Network, the American Heart Association and Wesley Medical Center. Go Red Por Tu Corazon is sponsored nationally by Macy’s.

For more details about the heart association’s initiative, go to www.GoRedCorazon.org.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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