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Hispanic Women at Risk for Obesity, Heart Disease

May 13, 2014

Staff Reports --

Heart of Style Tour (PRNewsFoto/WomenHeart)
Heart of Style Tour (PRNewsFoto/WomenHeart)

As National Women's Health Week kicks off, a survey finds that U.S. Hispanic women are at risk for heart disease and obesity and are less physically active than recommended.

Findings from the recent nationwide Heart of Style Tour, a partnership between WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease and Burlington Stores, reveal that U.S. Hispanic women tend to be physically inactive and have a body mass index (BMI) in the obese range, both of which are risk factors for heart disease.

The tour was part of Burlington's third annual Red Dress Event held Feb. 1-March 31 in all Burlington locations, in which customers donated $1.4 million to the organization. Burlington kicked in another $25,000.

Key findings from Latinas who completed the health screening questionnaire (53% of respondents):
41% don't know how to recognize a heart attack
62% were surprised by the results of their heart health screening
67% exercise either once or twice a week, or not at all (the Surgeon General's guideline is 30 minutes a day, five days a week)
The average BMI of Latinas surveyed is 42, within the obese BMI category

"Today is the launch of National Women's Health Week, and we want all women, especially Hispanic-American women, who are at increased risk for heart disease, to schedule an appointment with their health-care provider to learn to manage their risk," Lisa M. Tate, CEO of WomenHeart, said in a press release.

"Once again, Burlington and our generous customers have risen to the occasion to help fund heart health education, as heart disease is the leading cause of death among women," Tom Kingsbury, Burlington president and CEO, said in the release.

During the past three years, Burlington and its customers have raised more than $3 million to support WomenHeart and its free education and support services for women living with heart disease, inclusive of the launch of the organization's Hispanic outreach program, Para la Mujer Hispana, according to the release.

The Heart of Style Tour traveled to 35 Burlington locations in 18 cities across the country, educating customers about the importance of heart health. Participants were given blood pressure and BMI checks, along with bilingual heart health information, and were asked to complete a questionnaire.

To receive a free online heart health action kit or to make a donation, visit

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