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Riverside to address health equity in Feb. 16 panel discussion

Riverside Health System, in partnership with the Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk State University and Truist, has announced that it will help the community learn more about healthy eating and cardiovascular health.

The organizations will hold a discussion from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16 on “Eating Our Way to Healthy Hearts: Closing the Gap in Black Health Disparities.” The discussion will be streamed on the NSU Facebook page.

According to Riverside, heart disease is the number one killer for all Americans, but African Americans are at a higher risk of developing heart disease than other ethnic groups. Cardiovascular disease accounts for about one-third of the disparity in potential life-years lost between black and white Americans. Of African American women ages 20 and older, 49 percent have heart diseases but only one in five African American women believe she is personally at risk.

April Woodard, co-host of Coast Live on WTKR Channel 3, will serve as moderato...

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