GSC Combats #1 Killer of Women


A free “Wear Red Day” luncheon is being held for students, employees, and local residents on Tuesday, February 25 at 12 p.m. in the Mollohan Campus Community Center Ballroom. The event is one of many being held in our state and around the nation to increase awareness about heart disease, which is the number one killer of women in America.

Ronda Williams, GSC’s Campus Health Nurse and event organizer is passionate about the project because “West Virginia is #1 in the country for heart disease.” She is encouraging everyone, including men, to wear red to work as well as attend the luncheon. She is also conscious of the need for GSC to serve the local community and views this as an opportunity to assist women and their families along the path to a healthier lifestyle.

The guest speaker will be Family Nurse Practitioner Kim Houchin from Minnie Hamilton Health Systems in Grantsville, West Virginia. She will be discussing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Additionally, Minnie Hamilton Health Systems employees will be available from 11:30 a.m. until the luncheon begins to provide free blood pressure testing and weight and body mass index measurements.

The signs and symptoms of a heart attack are:

Chest discomfort: uncomfortable pressure, squeezing or fullness

Discomfort in other areas of the upper body: one or both arms or in the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.

Shortness of breath, either with chest discomfort or alone.

Other signs, including nausea, lightheadedness, or breaking out in a cold sweat.

Offering free health screenings at the informational luncheon is particularly important because, while major risk factors such as increasing age, male sex, and heredity cannot be changed, there are many factors that you can control. According to the AHA, the major risk factors you can modify, treat or control by changing your lifestyle or taking medicine are tobacco smoke, high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, physical inactivity, obesity and overweight, and diabetes.

GSC offers several opportunities for everyone to increase their physical activity. There are swimming, yoga, and Pilates classes, adventure clinics, and membership in the GSC fitness center. See for more information.  If scheduling is an issue, anyone may take advantage of the hilly terrain around campus for a brisk walk, run or bike ride.

For more information on warning signs, risk factors, exercise, nutrition, and meal planning, visit or

While the event is free and open to the public, advance reservations are requested to help with food preparation and seating arrangements.

For more information about the event or to make a reservation, contact Ronda Williams at or (304)462-6430.

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