Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has welcomed an initiative that will see Healthwise present a Heart Health Awareness event at Werris Creek Library, on Wednesday 16 August, between 11am and 1.30pm.
Guest speakers will include a dietitian, exercise physiologist and primary health care nurse. Healthcare checks will also be available on the day. An RSVP is required by Wednesday August 9. To register your attendance please call Werris Creek Librarian Marilyn Deeks on 6768 7340 during library hours Tuesday to Friday”.
“According to a study by the National Heart Foundation Australians living in regional areas have a much higher risk of suffering from cardiovascular disease, which includes heart attack and stroke, so this is a great opportunity to address the issue,” said LPSC Councillor Virginia Black.
“Risk factors for heart disease include hypertension, cholesterol, obesity, smoking and physical inactivity,” she said.
“Women living in rural areas are also at much greater risk of heart disease. They are 50% more likely to have ischaemic heart disease, 20% more likely to have high cholesterol, 32% more likely to be obese, in fact 16% of women in regional/remote area are severe obese compared to 11% in major cities,” she continued.
“There is obviously a need for greater focus on prevention and management of heart disease in rural Australia. The reality is, if cardiovascular disease rates for Australians living outside capital cities were identical to those of our city cousins, 350,000+ fewer adults would have the disease,” she said.
“Heart related diseases kill one Australian every 12 minutes, the leading cause of death in Australia. Simple early detection and heart health checks by doctors and programs such as this one by Healthwise, can help identify your risk of heart attack or stroke It’s vital, as individuals, we take steps to protect our own health,” Councillor Black concluded.