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Michael Phelps' mother joins sea of red to promote heart health

Michael Phelps' mother joins sea of red to promote heart health

The pastor kept repeating a biblical phrase: "Above all else, guard your heart." But, seated with the congregation, the mother of Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps knew how easy it was to lose focus on the maintenance of her own beating heart. Raising Michael and her two daughters, directing an education foundation, writing a book — Debbie Phelps' life has been rich with meaningful pursuits. But, like many women attending "Red Dress Sunday" heart disease awareness events at scores of area churches, Phelps said she was prone to making poor health decisions in the swirl of myriad career and family obligations. "I knew that for years and years...

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