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Heart health among American Indian community will be focus of powwow in Oklahoma

The American Heart Association will present Honoring the Beat of Life, an intertribal powwow, on Saturday in Concho. The goal of the powwow is to encourage American Indians to learn more about controlling blood pressure and preventing heart disease.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: November 2, 2012 at 10:12 pm •  Published: November 3, 2012
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Crawford said she hopes the event will serve as a cultural forum and be a place where families can learn more about their health.

The powwow is meant to encourage American Indians to learn about controlling high blood pressure and preventing heart disease through diet and exercise.

The event is free and open to the public. It starts at 3 p.m. with a gourd dance, health screenings and flu shots.

Professional boxer George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah will discuss healthy lifestyle changes at 5 p.m., and a supper of heart-healthy stew, wild rice and fruit will be served. Also, a cooking demonstration will teach attendees about recipes with less salt, fat, sugar and calories.

Registration for competition dance starts at 6 p.m., with the dance starting at 7 p.m.