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Oct. 26, 2006

Community Program To Focus On Heart Disease Nov. 9

Heart disease is the number-one killer of both men and women in the United States. To help Iowans understand the causes of cardiovascular disease and steps to improve heart health, a free program, "Your Beatin' Heart: What You Need to Know about Cardiovascular Disease," will be presented Nov. 9 in Davenport.

The program will be held in the Eastern Iowa Community College District Urban Center, 306 West River Drive, in Davenport. A reception and registration will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the 6 p.m. talk.

The event is co-sponsored by the University of Iowa College of Public Health and the UI Alumni Association, in partnership with the Eastern Iowa Community College District and Quad City Health Initiative.

In this presentation, Jennifer Robinson, M.D., UI associate professor of epidemiology and program director of the UI Lipid Research Clinic, will share information on what causes heart disease and how it develops; how family history impacts heart disease; the difference between HDL and LDL cholesterol; the role of exercise, nutrition, medication and obesity in heart disease; and how to reduce risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Individuals interested in attending the program are requested to register in advance by calling toll free 888-336-3907, Scott Community College at 563-441-4100, Clinton Community College at 563-244-7100 or Muscatine Community College at 563-288-6100. Refer to class #18538 when registering.

More information about the educational outreach programs can be found at

The statewide UI College of Public Health Educational Outreach Series is funded in part by a grant from Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

CONTACTS: Media: Debra Venzke, 319-335-9647,; Program: Laurie Walkner, 319-335-6836