Assistant professor of community medicine Debra Krummel PhD, RD, and Susan McCrone Ph.D., associate professor of nursing, will be on hand for this semesters first installment of Fireside Chats at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Suncrest United Methodist Church, Drummond Chapel.

The talk will focus on studies conducted on women in West Virginia, including the prevalence of heart disease and risk factors, attitudes and beliefs about cardiovascular disease and behavior changes that could prevent heart disease.

Anna Robinson, program specialist for the Center for Womens Studies, believes the session is beneficial for womens health.

“It is never too late to begin a prevention program either with the help of professionals or a self-directed prevention program,”said Robinson.”We can never be too aware of our bodies, the various system functions, and how they are affected by age, disease, blood pressure, physical activity, body weight and tobacco.”

“A person must examine their life style habits to self-determine if they are at risk and recognize the warning signs,”Robinson added.

Dr. Krummel has studied the relationships among endogenous sex hormones, physical activity, diet and blood lipids in young women. She received the Huddleston Award from the American Dietetic Association for the publication resulting from her research.

Since 1995, Dr. Krummel has been investigating dietary and physical activity patterns in West Virginians, perceptions about cardiovascular health in women, and outcomes of nutrition services in postmenopausal women. She also coordinates the CDC -sponsored Womens Cardiovascular Health Network,

Dr. McCrone has researchedpsychological factors as predictors of the development of chronic illness, depression and anxiety in older adults, cardiovascular risk reduction and coronary artery bypass graft surgery.

The discussion is part of an annual Fireside Chat series hosted by the Center for Womens Studies. Other semester fireside chats include”Negotiating Motherhood in the Antebellum South”on Oct. 9 and”Women as Perpetrators of Violence”on Oct. 23.

Tuesdays presentation is sponsored by the WVU Center for Womens Studies and co-sponsored by the Health Ministries Team of Suncrest United Methodist Church.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 304-293-2339.