Free health forum to keep womens' tickers healthy

Fitness trainers demonstrate workout routines during break-out session at the 2011 Women at Heart event.

COLUMBIA (WACH)-One out of three women will die from cardiovascular disease. If you ask Palmetto Health physicians and family members of those lost, that's one too many.

Palmetto Health, in collaboration with Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina and other local partners, have teamed up for the sixth annual â??Women at Heart,â?? a free heart-health forum and exhibition, from 8 a.m.â??1:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St.

The event will help women learn to take better care of their hearts. Lunch will be served to those who pre-register.

Organizers have scheduled heart-healthy cooking and fitness demonstrations, testimonials from women living with heart disease and a variety of vendor and informational exhibits.

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 first heart attack than men because their heart disease often goes undiagnosed.

Here's one heart healthy recipe to try out from Columbia's Cooking!

Pinto Beans with Collard Greens

Servings: 4

1 medium-sized onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, chopped

1-1/2 lbs collard greens

3 Tbsp. + 1/2 cup low sodium vegetable broth

15 oz can of low sodium diced tomatoes

2 cups pinto beans OR 1 15oz can low sodium pinto beans

2 Tbsp. drained lemon juice

1 Tbsp. olive oil


Chop onion and garlic.

Remove stems from collard greens, rinse and chop the greens.

Heat 3 Tbsp vegetable broth in large sauté pan. When the broth begins to steam, add onions, and sauté for 3 minutes.

Add garlic and continue to sauté for another minute.

Add 1/2 cup vegetable broth, tomatoes, and pinto beans to the onions and garlic mixture and bring to a boil. Add collard greens and simmer for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Remove from heat and stir in olive oil and lemon juice. Serve hot.