Go Red for Women luncheon raises heart disease awareness


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News release from the American Heart Association:

Go Red for Women luncheon raises heart disease awareness

(October 13, 2014) – Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States, claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined. The Go Red movement in Fort Wayne is standing strong and fighting for every woman’s heart at the 2014 Fort Wayne Go Red For Women Luncheon on Thursday, November 13th at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum from 10am – 1:30pm.

Whether you’re looking for inspiration or simply a half day of entertainment with co-workers, family and friends, this year’s luncheon offers something for everyone. Activities will include a wonderful silent auction, free health screenings, interactive exhibits, a heart healthy lunch and inspiring and triumphant survivor stories.

Carolyn Spake-Leeper, broker associate with CBRE | Sturges and advocate of wellness and community service in Fort Wayne, is the Executive Chair of Go Red For Women.

“The Go Red For Women movement is so critical in raising awareness and funds for lifesaving research and education programs in our communities, and I am so excited to work with such a dynamic group of women in making this year’s campaign a success. These events provide a place for residents to connect with a common passion in making our region healthier and free of cardiovascular diseases and also celebrate the successes we’ve made in saving women’s lives and the strides we’ll make for many more,” said Spake-Leeper.

The American Heart Association will also unveil several women who were selected to participate in a Go Red For Women BetterU Makeover Challenge. As part of the 12-week challenge, the women received free wellness screenings, coaching from personal trainers, nutritionist and behavior modification, and additional resources to help them make healthy changes to their lives.

Earlier this year, local area women had the opportunity to apply to participate in the challenge. A committee of community representatives selected these women based on their need to improve one or more risk factors, such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, smoking, weight, and lack of exercise. These women will be celebrated during the event for their success and taking the necessary steps to prevent heart disease and stroke in a special fashion show reveal.

Only one in five American women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat. This unfortunate reality has a lot to do with why the statistics on women and heart disease are so unsettling:

  • One out of three women dies from heart disease.
  • Nearly 460,000 women every year die from heart disease, this is about one woman per minute
  • Every year since 1984 more women than men have died of cardiovascular diseases.
  • 43 million American women are currently living with Cardiovascular disease
  • Cardiovascular disease kills more women than the next 4 leading causes of death including all cancers

A limited number of tickets are still available and may be purchased by calling Tiffany France at 260-578-0222 or online at www.fortwaynegored.org. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets are $100 and all funds raised will go towards lifesaving research, educational programs, and advocacy efforts targeting heart disease and stroke in women. For additional information, visit www.fortwaynegored.org.

Go Red For Women is sponsored nationally by Macy’s. Local sponsors include Fifth Third Bank, Ivy Tech Community College, Do it Best Corp., Indiana Tech, American Senior Communities, Glenbrook Hyundai, Fort Wayne Neurology/Stroke Care Now, Parkview Physicians Group – Cardiology, Ortho NorthEast (ONE) and CBRE | Sturges.


About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke — America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. We are the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or join us, call 260-578-0222 or visit https://www.heart.org/.


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