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Working 4 you: Reducing your risk of heart disease

February is American Heart Month, and studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention find heart disease is the number one killer for men and women in America. But a recent study shows there are lifestyle changes you can make to greatly reduce your risk.

The study was recently published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. It looked at data from nearly 90,000 women between the ages of 27 and 44 from 1991 to 2011. In the 20 years of follow up, there were 456 cases of coronary heart disease. Researchers noticed that, of the women who didn't have heart disease, they had several lifestyle habits in common.�

The study did only look at women, however researchers say these habits will also reduce the risk of heart disease for men.�

First on the list: don't smoke, and if you do, quit. Smoking isn't only bad for your lungs, it's bad for your heart. Nearly as many smokers die from heart disease as they do from lung cancer.�

Working 4 you: Dealing with financial stress

Signs are pointing to an improving economy, but a new survey finds many Americans are still feeling financial stress.�

2014 was the best year for job creation in more than a decade, and the Dow Jones industrial average is also up almost 15% over the previous year, which helped the average 401k balance reach a record high at the end of 2014.

Still, that doesn't mean Americans aren't stressed about finances. An annual survey from the American Psychological Association finds, for most Americans, money is still the main source of stress in their lives.�

Nearly 90% of people they spoke with said their level of stress when it comes to money was either the same as the year before, or had increased. And the groups most stressed about money included Millennials and Gen Xers. Younger groups have been feeling a big burden from student loans. So, what can you do about it?

First, the American Psychological Association says to stop thinking about finances as something taboo to talk about, and discuss problems with others. It says we need to develop strong enough relationships with people that we feel comfortable discussing our financial situation with them.�

Working 4 you: Crackdown on bogus supplements

There's a crackdown at some of America's best known stores over supplements. More than half of all adults use them, but now the New York Attorney General says they may not be providing any benefits at all. 

The AG says pills tested at some major retailers had fillers or contaminants like rice, wheat and even houseplants. He's now demanding that those potentially dangerous products be pulled from store shelves. 

The investigation into the supplements claims that many samples of store brands of Ginkgo Biloba and St. John's Wort found at Walmart, Walgreen's, Target and GNC, didn't actually contain any of those herbs. The same goes for samples of store brands of Ginseng and Echinacea found at Walmart, Walgreen's and GNC. 

Nearly 400 tests were conducted and the results found 79% of the samples contained none of the product labeled or were contaminated. One of the big concerns over possible contamination is food allergies. 

Men arrested for attack on transgender woman

Spokane Police have arrested two men they say attacked a transgender woman in downtown Spokane Friday. They're charged with attacking the woman based on her gender identity.

Police arrested 45-year old Adam Flippen and 43-year old Marc Fessler. They were booked into the Spokane County Jail just before 4:30 Tuesday afternoon.

Flippen was booked on charges of 2nd degree assault and malicious harassment. Fessler was booked for malicious harassment.

In Washington, a person is guilty of malicious harassment "if he or she maliciously and intentionally commits one of the following acts because of his or her perception of the victim's race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or mental, physical, or sensory handicap." It's a class C felony, comparable to burning a cross on property belonging to an African-American.

Witnesses say Jacina Scamahorn was attacked by the two men inside Boots Bakery Friday night. Witnesses describe hearing the men using hateful language as one of them kicked her. She was taken to the hospital and says she nearly lost her eye in the attack.

Woman stabbed in random attack

Spokane Police are hoping a surveillance picture will help them identify the person who stabbed a woman in downtown Spokane Sunday night. She didn't know she'd been stabbed until friends saw the knife in her back.

Police say the woman was walking down Second Avenue between Post and Wall. She thought someone punched her or hit her with a club as she was walking. She went into Mootsy's and described the incident to her friends. That's when her friends noticed the knife plunged into her back.

Police and paramedics arrived and took the woman to the hospital. She told investigators all she saw of the suspect was a dark sweatshirt with the hood pulled up.

If you have any information, call Crime Check at 456-2233.

Working 4 you: Toddler food warnings

A new government study suggests much of the food targeted for toddlers contains worrisome ingredients.�

The study from the Centers for Disease Control says many packaged meals and snacks for toddlers contain too much salt and sugar. The study suggests this could cause kids to get an early taste for foods that can contribute to obesity and other health risks.�

The study found about seven out of ten toddler dinners contained too much salt, and most cereal bars, breakfast pastries and snacks for infants and toddlers contained extra sugars. Researchers analyzed more than 1,000 foods marketed fro infants and toddlers from 2012.

The study also points out that nearly one in four children in the U.S. ages two to five are overweight or obese. They also note that almost 80% of kids ages one to three exceed the recommended maximum level of daily salt.�

The study found the average toddler meal contained about 361 milligrams of salt per serving. Under the Institute of Medicine guidelines, they should contain no more than about 210 milligrams.�

Community shows support for transgender assault victim

It was an outpouring of support and a call to action inside the Spokane City Council Chambers Monday night.

The seats were filled with those supporting Jacina Scamahorn, a transgender woman who was attacked Friday night in Downtown. Some�are calling the assault a�hate crime.

"On paper, Spokane appears to be more inclusive," one man said, "however in practice it clearly is not."

"We are all human, we are all one, please work with us," another said.

One by one, the group spoke to councilors calling for equality within the city after Jacina Scamahorn was assaulted.

"I urge the city council to make sure that this incident is thoroughly investigated," Pastor Janet Shannon said.

Witnesses say she was attacked inside Boots Bakery, an employee tells KXLY there was an altercation then Scamahorn was shoved into a booth.

"They were accusing her of spitting in their faces or something like that," Employee John Dandurand said. They were yelling some pretty crazy things I'm not going to repeat,"

Monday night, the bruises were apparent on Scamahorn's left eye.