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An Extreme Makeover for NM Women to Take to "Heart"

May 26. 2011

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Women are dying of heart disease at the rate of one per minute in the United States, and the American Heart Association says it's because many don't know the risks related to lifestyle - or how to take action to reverse some of those risks.

Maureen O'Leary, corporate market director of the New Mexico chapter of the American Heart Association, says it has developed a program called "Go Red - Better U" to help women live healthier lives.

"You sign up and register; it's completely free. It's a customized program to make lifestyle changes for you, specifically."

One of the best ways for anyone to improve their health is to eat right, and O'Leary says the "Go Red - Better U" program understands that can be a big challenge.

"It is a whole package. It wants to look at your overall health; it doesn't just want focus on diet or just focus on exercise - it wants to bring those pieces together."

The program is available at GoRedForWomen.org. More information is online at the American Heart Association website, heart.org.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - NM