Woman turns to organic foods, not pills to stop heart disease

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - The American Heart Association says heart disease is the No. 1 killer among women. One local woman changed her eating habits to avoid becoming a victim.{}"I eat a salad just about every day," said 48-year-old Kim Heath, who loves to pick fresh vegetables from the garden.She also loves to cook with fresh herbs, but Heath didn't always eat this way.{}"I'm a real red meat and potatoes kind of girl. I grew up in the South," she said.But after a visit to the doctor a couple years ago, she realized her diet had to change.{}"I started having some heart issues and found out I had high cholesterol triglycerides," she said.Heath says she avoided possibly having a heart attack by not taking pills, but by eating fresh foods from the garden.{}Dr. Susan Johnson is the director of health promotion at Medical University Hospital. She says it's stories like Heath's that led MUSC to create an Urban Farm on the campus.{}"If we can really just change our thought process on what we are eating and just think local, healthy, natural, organic, fresh, lots of variety, we would be really having a huge impact on our health," Dr. Johnson said.Heath agrees."I'm doing this for myself and for my kids and my husband, and that means a lot," she said. "That means everything."And she's doing it one batch of fresh fruits and vegetables at a time.Dr. Johnson will be leading a panel at the Go Red for Women luncheon about foods that keep the heart healthy.{}The luncheon is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Memminger Elementary School auditorium. Tickets are $125.
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