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"My arm started hurting. My shoulder started hurting. And it felt like my heart was coming out of my chest," Harris said.

FAITH IN FOCUS: Heart Attack at 35, Anderson United 'Goes Red'

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at Anderson United Methodist Church the health and wellness ministry coordinated a "Go Red Sunday" to raise awareness about heart disease. at Anderson United Methodist Church the health and wellness ministry coordinated a "Go Red Sunday" to raise awareness about heart disease.
At 'Anderson United' the goal of the 'Go Red Sunday' was to make women aware of the prevalence of heart disease especially in the African-American community," Dalre Martin, a member of the health and wellness ministry, said. At 'Anderson United' the goal of the 'Go Red Sunday' was to make women aware of the prevalence of heart disease especially in the African-American community," Dalre Martin, a member of the health and wellness ministry, said.
"It's life changing to be so young and having a heart attack. When you think of a heart attack you think of someone older, someone very obese," Harris, who admits she is slightly overweight, said. "It's life changing to be so young and having a heart attack. When you think of a heart attack you think of someone older, someone very obese," Harris, who admits she is slightly overweight, said.
"What we're encouraging them to do today is to know their family health in regards to heart disease as well as knowing their own numbers in terms of blood pressure, cholesterol levels. And also teaching them about how to manage stress," Martin said. "What we're encouraging them to do today is to know their family health in regards to heart disease as well as knowing their own numbers in terms of blood pressure, cholesterol levels. And also teaching them about how to manage stress," Martin said.
At 'Anderson United' the goal of the 'Go Red Sunday' was to make women aware of the prevalence of heart disease especially in the African-American community," Dalre Martin, a member of the health and wellness ministry, said. At 'Anderson United' the goal of the 'Go Red Sunday' was to make women aware of the prevalence of heart disease especially in the African-American community," Dalre Martin, a member of the health and wellness ministry, said.
"Your body is a temple" - that's a saying everyone knows. So how does a church help take care of those bodies?

In a sermon, if you hear the word "heart", the pastor might be talking about devotion or perseverance. Rarely does it refer literally to the organ.

But at Anderson United Methodist Church the health and wellness ministry coordinated a "Go Red Sunday" to raise awareness about heart disease.

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Strong voices welcomed a weakened body to the stage. During the announcements portion of service, April Harris told the congregation about her severe asthma, her high blood pressure, and about her mild heart attack she suffered last October.

But perhaps most surprising is her age. She's 35-years-old.

"My arm started hurting. My shoulder started hurting. And it felt like my heart was coming out of my chest," Harris said.

"It's life changing to be so young and having a heart attack. When you think of a heart attack you think of someone older, someone very obese," Harris, who admits she is slightly overweight, said.

At 'Anderson United' the goal of the 'Go Red Sunday' was to make women aware of the prevalence of heart disease especially in the African-American community," Dalre Martin, a member of the health and wellness ministry, said.

"We culturally like taking care of family, putting ourselves last, taking care of everybody else first," Martin said.

"What we're encouraging them to do today is to know their family health in regards to heart disease as well as knowing their own numbers in terms of blood pressure, cholesterol levels. And also teaching them about how to manage stress," Martin said.

"When you spend that time alone with god when you're praying and talking and having a conversation with him, I find - even for myself- that to be a great stress reliever," Martin said.

Harris adds that she is thinking about her kids during her continuing health scares. That means she's changing her life.

"Eat better, lose weight, exercise more because it definitely makes a difference," Harris said.

'Anderson United' also offers exercise classes almost every day of the week to encourage healthy activities. That even includes beginning classes which are simply walking around the church and getting people on track to be heart healthy.

If you would like the viewers of News Channel 12 to learn more about your church community contact Jacob Kittilstad at jkittilstad@wjtv.com or 601-664-8839.

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