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American Heart Association talks about National Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S.

February is National Heart Month and the American Heart Association has partnered with local groups to encourage people to live healthier lives.

The AHA said there are three steps to get started on reducing your risk of heart disease.

They recommend to start by mapping out your family's heart disease history.

Then talk to your doctor about what this means for you and your family.

And lastly, begin practicing health eating habits and frequent exercising.

Cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Allyson Walker with SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital is hosting a variety of workouts every Wednesday throughout February.

Her exercise classes will be at the West-YMCA on Amazonas Drive in Jefferson City from 12-1 p.m.

For more information on her class schedule and how to register, click here.

Other Heart Month events include the Heart Ball hosted on February 11, Lincoln Campus CPR training on February 23, and a Ladies Luncheon on September 15.

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