Church advocating heart health for women
by Jennifer Cohron
Feb 19, 2014 | 423 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Jasper church is helping women take responsibility for their heart health with two upcoming “Go Red for Women” events.

First Baptist Church of Frisco will host a women’s fellowship dinner on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and a gala on Sunday at 3 p.m.

In addition to a meal, the event on Friday will feature games, door prizes and educational information.

A cardiologist will be the guest speaker at the Sunday program, and other medical personnel will be on hand to perform screenings such as blood pressure checks.

Several couples will also be participating in a fashion show.

Attendees of both events are asked to wear red.

There is no cost to attend. Donations will be accepted for the American Heart Association.

This is the second year that the church has recognized American Heart Month

Coordinator Beverly Moore-Harton organized similar events while living in Tuscaloosa and has continued to do so after relocating to Jasper.

Moore-Harton said she has been an advocate of heart education since reading about the first “Go Red for Women” event.

“So many women now are having heart attacks, but a lot of times we overlook the symptoms. We are so busy taking care of everybody else but ourselves,” she said.

According to the official Go Red for Women website, heart disease is the number one killer of women, causing one in three deaths each year.

Moore-Harton said she knows that God has given her a passion for heart health for a reason, and the events she organizes for fun and fellowship have helped save lives.

“Last year, while we were doing blood pressure checks and heart monitoring, there were several people who didn’t have a clue that they had hypertension. Now they are taking medication for it, but otherwise they might not have found out unless something would have happened,” she said.

Moore-Harton said she hopes to one day host a citywide “Go Red for Women” event.