Eliminating Heart Health Disparaties Amongst African-American Women
The mission of the Open My Heart Foundation is to help eliminate heart health disparities among African American Women and Women of color.  Heart Disease is the Number #1 Killer in the United States.  African American Women and Women of Color are disproportionately affected.  We help to eliminate disparities in treatment through education, support and advocacy.  This includes monthly support group meetings, heart healthy food and produce, education by experts in the field of heart health and wellness, including fitness, yoga and professional trainers.  We also provide community resources and hospital visitations.  At the Open My Heart Foundation, we help to fill in a gap for much needed medical treatment, equipment as well as assistance with co-pays.  We believe by giving back and helping those with the highest rate of heart disease, we will help level the field and ultimately help to eliminate disparities in treatment.

National Wear Red Day is the first Friday every year.  This is  a massive public awareness day to warn women, show support and raise awareness of heart disease being the #1 killer of women.   This year's 2nd Annual Red Dress Gala Awards was a widely attended SOLD OUT event held in Annapolis, MD.  We honored survivors of heart attacks, strokes, and those who are giving back to the heart health community.  To see more pictures click on EVENTS.  

If you know of anyone who has had a heart attack, stroke, or who are making contributions to the heart health community please email us at  You may also click on the box below entitled: "Share Your Story".  We would love to hear from you.

                                                                                                "Survivor that Thrives Award"

                                                   Candice Camille

Candice Camille was an honoree and recipient of the Survivors that Thrives” Award.  Candice has not only survived, but has thrived and is now giving back to the field of health and wellness in a major way!  Candice survived throat cancer, heart attacks, and strokes.  She made major changes in her lifestyle which led her on the path of wellness.  Candice is known as the Wellologist, the “Gangsta Plankster” and the “Sexy Fit and Well Stratigist”.  She is a sought after international motivational speaker and currently manages WillPower Sport and Wellness Gym in Ft. Washington, MD.  During her experience with cancer, God gave her the spirit to fight and to live for her husband and her children.  She learned how the body works with food, movements, sleeping well, water, prayer and meditation.  She not only talks the talk, but she walks the walk each day as she helps others live their best life the “Wellologist” way. 

NAACP Prince George's County Chapter
Partners with the Open My Heart Foundation

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND, DOCTORS RICK AND TERRI PETERS! Join us each third Tuesday of the month for our monthly Support Group Meet Up.  We are on our second series of "Healing Beyond Prescriptions", hosted by the NAACP of Prince George's County Health and Wellness Committee.  This is a free event but you must register to attend.  Heart Healthy food samples will be provided.
                              Dr. Rick Peters                                                                                          Dr. Terri Peters

Am I Having A Heart Attack?

Only 36 percent of African-American women know that heart disease is their greatest health risk. 
(Go Red for Women, 2014)

Do not self-diagnose or make excuses for how you feel

Besides chest pains, below are some other symptoms in women that should serve as warning signs:
  • Neck, jaw, shoulder, back pain or abdominal discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Arm pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Unusual fatigue
Click here for more Signs & Symptoms

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