Newton Health Center holds free women's heart disease symposium Monday

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Health Department on Hazelbrand Road in Covington is hosting a program featuring ALthea Chapman, a woman who is a survivor of heart disease, Monday at 5:30 p.m.

In Georgia women die of heart disease at a rate of 387/100,000, 9 percent higher than the national average.

"The Health Department is pleased to be teaming with WomenHeart in hosting Ms. Chapman's important presentation," Julianne Schell, Newton County Health Department's Clinic Administrator. "The Health Department wants to get information to the public in advance of the development of chronic diseases. This presentation not only addresses management of heart disease once diagnosed, it also covers how to prevent the development. Anyone in the Newton County area can benefit from hearing Ms. Chapman's personal story and the healthy living tips she will share."

Chapman is one of 31 women in the state -- all heart disease survivors -- who is trained as a leader to educate, advocate and support her community on the issue of women and heart disease, the nation's leading cause of death in women.

She recently became a WomenHeart Champion after graduating from the prestigious "Strengthening the Heart of Georgia" program a state initiative based on the nationally renowned WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinic.

"I am thrilled and honored to represent this very important campaign to fight heart disease in women," Chapman said. "I look forward to getting started right here in Covington with a WomenHeart Support Network for women living with heart disease ... educating the community and supporting all women in their quest to live a heart healthy life. Together we can do it and make a difference."

For more information go to http://www.gnrhealth.com/calendar and click on the May 7 event. To register, call 678-442-6891 or email healthpromotiongnr@gmail.com.