Healthy heart program set today

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 14, 2007

The Selma Times-Journal

In April, Selma Links formally announced its partnership with the University of California, Davis’ Women’s Cardiovascular Medicine Program (WCVMP) to address the cardiovascular needs of African-American women ages 40 to 60.

Earlene Larkin, program site leader, said today’s meeting promises to be exciting and informative.

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Tameka Little, director at Vaughan Wellness and Fitness Center, will be the guest presenter. Larkin advises all participants to be punctual. The meeting will conclude at 8 p.m.

Topics to be discussed include the physical activity and heart disease and hypertension and heart disease and individual action plans. Participants will receive a directory of community resources and be served free healthy meal, Larkin said.

Larking added the program provides high-risk women the ability to adjust health behaviors, supported by current knowledge derived from clinical and basic research and education delivery models.

Larkin and co-site leader Nancy Sewell were trained in November 2005 to execute the program. The Selma Links is one of 10 Links chapters nationwide chosen for the program. Larkin suspects the Selma chapter was selected due to the group’s &8220;commitment to health and wellness throughout the years.&8221;

Sewell said local physicians and health care professionals will join the Selma Links in conducting the sessions. &8220;This will truly be a community endeavor,&8221; Sewell said.

For more information, contact Larkin at (334) 412-4886 or Sewell at (334) 875-2481.