Palmetto Health sponsors “Women at Heart Forum and Exhibition” during American Heart Month

Posted on 1/12/2017

Forum designed to bring awareness to the differences in heart disease for women and remind the community about living a heart-healthy lifestyle 

Palmetto Health’s Women at Heart Forum and Exhibition will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. in Columbia.

The forum is designed to increase heart health among women in the Midlands, bring awareness to the differences in heart disease for women and remind the community about living a heart-healthy lifestyle. The event has attracted more than 1,000 participants each year.

Keynote speakers include national best-selling author Ann Kulze, M.D., from “Eat Right For Life” and Meghan Businaro, D.O., Palmetto Heart. Dr. Ann, as she is known, will talk about how nutrition is vital to a healthy life and Businaro will talk about the links between women and heart disease. Breakout sessions featuring Palmetto Health experts and Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group physicians will include topics on menopause, mindfulness and diabetes.

The following free heart-health screenings are available in Columbia and Sumter. The screening includes cholesterol, body fat, Body Mass Index (BMI), waist circumference and blood pressure. Registration is required.

Thursday, Jan. 19, 26, 7-10 a.m.
Thursday, Feb. 2, 7-10 a.m. 
Palmetto Health Heart Hospital, Atrium
6 Richland Medical Park Dr., Columbia

Thursday, Feb. 16, 23, 8-11 a.m.
Palmetto Heart, Sumter
250 W. Wesmark Blvd., Sumter

Saturday, Feb. 25, 7-9 a.m.
Women at Heart, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
1101 Lincoln St., Columbia

Other activities include ask-the-doctor sessions, healthy cooking demonstrations, fitness activities, door prizes and more. Free transportation is available for residents in the Sumter County area from Palmetto Health Tuomey.

Heart disease is the number one cause of death for women nationally and is the second leading cause of death for all women in South Carolina. Unfortunately, it is also the leading killer for African-American women in the Palmetto State according to results from the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).  According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease kills twice as many women over the age of 25 as the next seven causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer. Women are much more likely to die of a heart attack than men because their heart disease often goes undiagnosed. The Women at Heart program looks to educate women so that they can take control of their lives and feel great doing it.

To register for forum, visit or call 803-296-CARE (2273). For registration for heart-healthy screenings, call CareCall at 803-296-CARE (2273).

About Palmetto Health
Palmetto Health, the largest health care system in the South Carolina Midlands region and one of the state’s largest employers, comprises more than 15,000 team members, physicians and volunteers working together to fulfill Palmetto Health’s Vision: To be remembered by each patient as providing the care and compassion we want for our families and ourselves. The system includes six acute-care hospitals in the Midlands—Palmetto Health Baptist, Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Palmetto Health Heart Hospital, Palmetto Health Richland and Palmetto Health Tuomey. In the South Carolina Upstate region, Palmetto Health also co-owns Baptist Easley Hospital. Recognized nationally as one of the best places to work and receive care, the system also includes the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group, the region’s largest multispecialty group, which serves as the entry point to the health care system with more than 500 providers serving patients in more than 80 practices and nearly 100 locations. Palmetto Health also is supported by two 501 (c)(3) foundations, and trains the next generation of physicians through its 24 residency and fellowship programs affiliated with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. For more information, visit or call 803-296-CARE (2273).


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