Heart attack death rates plummet

Virginia’s overall heart attack mortality rates have decreased for the 10th year in a row, first lady Maureen McDonnell announced as state officials participated in the inaugural “Capitol Feats” walk to promote healthy habits that prevent heart disease.

She said the state’s heart attack mortality rates have fallen by 45 percent from 2000 to 2009.

“Prevention is a key component to fighting heart disease. Maintaining a healthy diet and physically active lifestyle are among several ways to win the battle against one of our greatest health threats,” McDonnell said.

She spoke before her husband, Gov. Bob McDonnell, and members of the General Assembly walked around Capitol Square on Friday. Participants in the event were “demonstrating a commitment to improving their own health and wellness,” the first lady said.

The two biggest contributors to heart disease or strokes are high blood pressure and high cholesterol, according to Virginia Health Commissioner Karen Remley.

Nationwide, she said, “Nearly 68 million adults have high blood pressure, but half do not have it under control. It is important that screening for these conditions become part of our routine health care prevention activities.”

Gov. McDonnell agreed.

“Across the nation, heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases kill more than 800,000 adults each year,” he said. “But in Virginia, our hard work to prevent this disease from taking lives is clearly evident as 1,872 fewer Virginians died from heart attacks this year compared to 2000.”

Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

Theme for this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter announced

The theme for the annual Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside has been announced.

This year's event, which opens Nov. 25 and will continue through Jan. 9, will explore "Living Color" and show how the world's kaleidoscope of colors speaks to people, impacts nature and influences culture, according to Garden officials. The event features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. > Read more.


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Three-Penny Theatre will debut the new play “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” Oct. 21-29 at the Gayton Kirk. Before the 90s Disney movie, Quasimodo, the hunchback of Notre Dame, was part of the pantheon of classic monsters. This production is based on the original novel by Victor Hugo and the play is recommended for ages 10 and above. Show times are 7 p.m. Oct. 21 and 28 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 22 and 29. Ticket prices are “pay what you want.” For details, visit http://www.3pennyplays.org. Full text

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