By Dr. Deanna Lites

DETROIT (WWJ) — Heart disease is the number one killer of women, and in an effort to change that, The American Heart Association and St. John Providence Health System are offering a free 12-week program called “Better U.”

The program will include online information as well as classes and lectures that you can take part in around the community. Cardiologist Dr. Joan Crawford at St John Macomb-Oakland Hospitals said that every like change can help your heart health.

“Heart disease is really the one disease that’s preventable,” Crawford said. “We really want to try to impact that — whether it’s a message on salt, a message on sugar, a message on moving around more, a message on dropping 10 pounds — there’s so many ways that women can improve their risks quite a bit by making simple changes.”

The challenge begins with a virtual launch on Nov. 1 where applicants are encouraged to take a short assessment at www.mylifecheck.org to receive their starting heart score.

“We hope to teach women healthy habits while having fun in the process of achieving an ideal heart score,” Crawford said.

The American Heart Association encourages applicants to register online at www.stjohnprovidence.org/ClassEnrollment and select ‘Go Red’ for access to free classes and personal improvement sessions with life coaches and health experts.

“It’s never too late to change your life,” Crawford said. “This challenge can potentially be the first step in improving an individual’s cardiac health. Every small change can get you closer to a better you.”

For more information you can visit GoRedForWomen.org or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278).

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