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Making heart healthy choices


In 2009, 27.7 percent of deaths in Crow Wing County were from cardiovascular diseases, including strokes.

Statewide, there were 10,295 deaths that year for cardiovascular diseases. The American Heart Association reports an estimated 82.6 million American — that’s one in three — adults have one or more types of cardiovascular disease.

It’s hard to argue with a goal of living a healthier lifestyle.

It’s the getting there that’s hard.

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Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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