Go Red for Women Luncheon on May 30

The Westchester-Fairfield Region American Heart Association (AHA) will be holding its annual Go Red for Women Luncheon on May 30, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Greenwich. At this event, local businesswomen and community leaders will participate in a half day of awareness and education about heart health.

As part of the AHA’s Go Red for Women campaign, the luncheon strives to raise awareness of heart disease among women, and provide them with tools to reduce their risk. In addition, the AHA hopes to address the larger problem of cardiovascular disease. Combined, heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases claim 432,000 lives annually, which is ten times more women than breast cancer.

But, with the right lifestyle choices, health professionals believe that more than half of coronary problems can be prevented. The AHA works to promote those lifestyle choices and make sure people have proper awareness of their health.

Star Jones will present the keynote address at the luncheon and more than 500 attendees are expected. A former television host, author and prosecutor, Ms. Jones is also an American Heart Association national volunteer. In 2010,  Ms. Jones underwent successful open heart surgery and now serves as an AHA National Volunteer to combat cardiovascular disease, the nation’s number one killer.

She currently serves as Chief Development Officer and National Spokesperson for the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), the largest professional women’s networking organization in the U.S., representing more than 550,000 women in nearly 400 local chapters.

“Star Jones is a powerful and passionate voice for women’s health and we’re excited to hear her inspiring story and welcome her to our Go Red audience,” said Deena Kaye, Go Red Corporate Director.

This year marks the 11th anniversary of the event. Over the past decade, major strides have been in made towards curtailing heart disease, the number one cause of death for women. AHA reports that since 2003, 34% fewer women die from heart disease, which amounts to 330 lives saved every day. Awareness has also risen; 23% more Americans are aware of the risk of heart disease poses for women.

To get involved in the AHA as a volunteer or sponsor, visit Westfairgoredluncheon.heart.org or contact Luis Rosa at 914-640-32673 or via email at [email protected]

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