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Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- One in three women, almost one woman every minute, die from heart related issues.

However, research shows that 80 percent of cardiac events in women are linked to poor choices, involving diet, exercise and smoking. That's why the American Heart Association has launched the 'Go Red For Women Girlfriends 12-Week Challenge' and WKOW's Diana Henry, Elishah Oesch and Jamie Hersch have taken the challenge. Starting Tuesday, January 4, they'll embark on a challenge along with other teams to live a healthier life style. WKOW will update you throughout the campaign on their progress.

Participants will be provided with tools, resources and support needed to make heart-healthy changes in their lives and follow a guided eating plan alongside UW Health dietary experts and exercise plan with health and fitness coach, Mona Melms at Studio MELT. They will record their experiences through an online blog and other public outlets. 

"Go Red For Women saved my life," said Kathy Waters, 2010 Go Red For Women challenge participant. "Being chosen as a challenger last year I was able to take charge of my own heart health, set realistic lifestyle goals for myself and family, learn how to eat better, lose weight and help encourage other women to speak up about heart disease."

On April 7, 2011, join WKOW's Diana Henry, Elishah Oesch and Jamie Hersch for the Go Red for Women luncheon at the Monona Terrace. Meet all the women who took the challenge and see their progress. 

Click here to learn more about the Go Red for Women Girlfriends Challenge.

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