STEM event teaches teens about having a healthy heart

Some of the Tri-State's most inspiring women teamed up Thursday to help the next generation. (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Some of the Tri-State's most inspiring women teamed up Thursday to help the next generation.

It was all part of the American Heart Association's STEM Goes Red Day at Xavier University.

More than 150 young women from several area high schools are all learning some really important things about science and technology but also how to preserve a healthy heart. That means these students get some serious motivation for future health careers:

"I want to be a physical therapist when I grow up," said one student, Jada.

"I want to be a nurse when I get older, but I also want to be a math teacher," said another student, Trinidi.

They were certainly in the right place at the Go Red for Women event to support that Thursday.

"It's our first-ever event for STEM from Cincinnati Public Schools and their Girls to Women program," said Caitlin Clipp from United Healthcare.

"The Girls to Women leadership program is a program for girls grades nine through 12 to develop their leadership skills to be agents of change today and tomorrow," said Ife Bell from the program.

But before you can be successful in the future, you need to know a thing or two about saving your own life and your own heart.

Lessons about blood pressure and how to give CPR are all part of this STEM Goes Red day.

Denise Lackey from Christ Hospital says 80 percent of the risk modifiable factors are preventable. Those include cholesterol, exercise, proper diet and managing your stress.

Click here to learn more about STEM Goes Red.

This program is the first of it's kind in Cincinnati. More than 50 local women in STEM careers partnered with the American Heart Association to empower these future leaders.

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