Go Red for Women: empowering women to take charge of their heart health
By: Rosalyn Mandola
Ten years ago, the American Heart Association (AHA) faced a difficult challenge: Cardiovascular disease was claiming the lives of nearly half a million American women every year, yet women were not paying attention. Many still dismissed heart disease as an older man’s ailment. But the reality is that since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease and stroke and the gap continues to widen. Heart disease causes one in three women’s deaths each year, killing more than all forms of cancer combined.
To dispel the myths and raise awareness of heart disease as the No. 1 killer of women, the AHA created Go Red For Women, a passionate social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health. Because the good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.
Go Red For Women encourages awareness of the issue and inspires action to save more lives. It challenges women to know the risk factors for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them the tools they need to lead a heart-healthy life. The Go Red campaign advocates for more women-specific cardiovascular research and swifter action from governments and the medical community to address women’s heart health. Ultimately, the movement calls on all women to band together to collectively wipe out heart disease.
Since the campaign was launched just over a decade ago, the AHA has reported a 34 percent decrease in deaths – that’s more than 627,000 lives that have been saved. But there is still work to do.
You can make a difference
When you Go Red, you raise your voice with millions of women nationwide and make a real difference in the lives of our mothers, sisters and daughters who are fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke.
The annual Corpus Christi Go Red For Women luncheon is coming on May 13. The AHA and their volunteers turn the Solomon Ortiz Center into a fun, fabulous girls’ day out, awash in red. You can help raise funds by bidding in the “Purse-Onality” auction featuring fabulous themed purse packages. Luncheon attendees will enjoy a heart-healthy lunch and networking with others committed to women’s health, and they will have opportunities to check their heart health with screenings from local health care providers, and to learn small, easy steps to get on the path to a healthy lifestyle.
Doors open at 10 a.m. with breakout sessions and health screenings, and the luncheon program will begin at 11:30 a.m. Jennifer Lira, KRIS News anchor, will once again serve as the master of ceremony, and inspirational speaker and comedienne Jan McInnis is the keynote speaker who is sure to prove that laughter is always the best medicine.
The Go Red For Women luncheon is sponsored nationally by Macy’s (which will be onsite to do Macy’s Makeovers) and locally by:
• Flint Hills Resources
• Bay Ltd.
• AEP Texas
• Port of Corpus Christi
• Corpus Christi Caller-Times
• KRIS News
• Inspire Coastal Bend magazine
• CHRISTUS Spohn Health System
• Ensemble Group
• Legamaro Financial Services
• Lyondell Basell
• NavyArmy Community Credit Union
• Radiology & Imaging of South Texas
• Vishal Raju Bhagat Foundation
• Corpus Christi Medical Center
• Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson, LLP
• Valero Bill Greehey Refinery
• First Community Bank
Call 361-445-3190 or visit www.corpuschristigored.heart.org for details, tickets and more.