Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - It was a packed house in the Grand Ballroom this afternoon for the Wake Up to Women's Heart Health event. The gathering included a keynote speech by motivational speaker and author Dee Dee Raap as well as several "breakout" sessions that included a presentation by Dr. Wallacy Garcia on lowering your risks for heart disease.
Raap says that she lost her mother to a sudden heart attack and that during the healing process she found the gifts her mother left behind for her. Attributes like optimism, gratitude, and quality. She says that she see's all these gifts in plastic, pink flamingos.
When Raap was a child, her mother had a whole flock of plastic, pink flamingos in the front lawn and now she uses her mothers flamingos as a symbol of the gifts her mother left behind. She encourages everyone to find their own pink flamingo and to use it to create positive energy in their own lives, especially in women's health.
"Heart disease is the number one killer of women and all those doctors who do so many amazing things, God love 'em, and keep doing it, but this requires a grassroots effort of women connecting with other women and encouraging each other and supporting each other. It's critical we have a positive view of owning our power to take care of ourselves."
Dr. Garcia also attended the event to give a talk on heart disease prevention and says that 30 minutes of light exercise, 5 days a week along with eating healthy are good tools to prevent heart disease. He stressed quite heavily on prevention especially since the numbers say that mortality rates are higher for women in hospitals than men, so avoiding it all together is the best route.
If you'd like more information on Dee Dee Raap's speaking events or books, you can visit her website.