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Go Red For Women and NBC Team Up to Help Women 'Choose to Live'
Date:9/9/2009

DALLAS, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Research shows that 80 percent of cardiac events in women could be prevented if women make the right choices for their hearts, involving diet, exercise and abstinence from smoking. That's why the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women is teaching women across the country how to make small - yet life-saving - choices for their hearts in a new 30-minute NBC television special, "Go Red For Women Presents - Choose To Live!" The special, featuring Andie MacDowell and hosted by Hoda Kotb, aims to inspire women to take action by highlighting the personal stories of women choosing to beat heart disease.

Last February, Go Red For Women held a nationwide casting call to find women who are choosing to live better. From the hundreds of stories submitted during the call, nine women were selected to be the 2009 Go Red Women, one of whom joined Andie MacDowell to share the life-saving choices she made for her heart in "Go Red For Women Presents - Choose To Live!"

"As I celebrate life, I can't help but think how young my mom was when she died of a heart attack at 53. My mom didn't get to meet her grandchildren, but I'm determined to watch mine grow up," said Andie MacDowell, actress and Go Red For Women supporter. "Right now, one in three women die of heart disease, but we can choose to beat it, using the tools and support provided by Go Red For Women."

In addition to Andie MacDowell, viewers will hear from registered dietician, Samantha Heller, to provide heart-healthy eating tips, expert cardiologist, Dr. Susan Bennett, and real women choosing to beat heart disease.

"Cardiovascular disease takes the life of nearly one woman every minute, yet we can prevent death and disability by adding a few minutes of healthy activities each day," said Susan Bennett, M.D., Go Red For Women spoke
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