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First ‘Go Red for Women’ North Event Presented by Upper Valley Medical Center

Women learn how to love their hearts by fighting the No. 1 killer of women, heart disease

The American Heart Association will celebrate the power that women have within themselves to speak up and beat their no. 1 killer, heart disease, at the “Go Red Goes North” Expo on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at Edison Community College in Piqua.

The event, the first of its kind held in the Miami/Shelby/Darke county area, is being presented by Upper Valley Medical Center and will feature free health screenings such as blood pressure checks, non-fasting cholesterol and blood sugar/A1C checks, body mass index testing, derma scan, fitness testing and many others. 

It will also include a UVMC ‘Ask the Doctor’ Cardiology Panel, other breakout sessions, heart healthy refreshments, chair massages, mini-makeovers, fitness demos, door prize drawings and a special red carpet premiere showing of “Go Red for Women Presents: Speak Up to Save Lives” before it is nationally televised.

Designed to bring the Go Red for Women movement to the communities north of the I-70/I-75 corridor, “Go Red Goes North,” will be a fun and informative event, free and open to everyone. 

“We expect the event to attract 500 people,” said Cris Peterson, Go Red for Women director for the American Heart Association, Miami Valley Division. “In keeping with the messaging of the Go Red campaign, the goal is to educate and empower women of all ages to know their numbers and take control of their health.”

 Through the support of local companies and individuals, the movement has reached millions of women with lifesaving messages. “Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, and one in three women has some form of cardiovascular disease, often undetected,” said Peterson. “To help change those statistics, Go Red for Women events will help women learn about their personal risk of heart disease and give heart healthy tips that may lead to a healthier heart.”

The 2010 Go Red Goes North event is co-chaired by Kirk Stucki of Battelle & Battelle and Susan Funderburg of Early Express.  Other sponsors include Edison Community College, Miami Jacobs Career College, Troy Cardiology, Sidney Cardiology and Wilson Memorial Hospital.  Media partners are the Troy Daily News, Piqua Daily Call and Sidney Daily News.

For more information about the Go Red Goes North event, contact Ellen Duncil at 937-853-3102 or ellen.duncil@heart.org or  go onlineOff Site Icon 

Women should first know their numbers and assess their risks. The next step is to work with a healthcare provider to significantly reduce the chances of getting heart disease tomorrow, next year or 30 years from now.  Women can log on Off Site Icon to complete the Heart CheckUp and know their risk or they can call 1-888-MY-HEART for more information about Go Red.  Go Red BetterU is a 12 week FREE fitness and nutrition program that can makeover your heart. Go online Off Site Icon to sign up.

About Go Red For Women
Since 2004, Go Red For Women has captured the energy, passion and intelligence of women to work collectively to wipe out heart disease — the No. 1 killer of women. We want millions of women across America to take heart disease personally. Using the platform “Love Your Heart,” Go Red For Women engages women and the men who love them to embrace the cause.  Healthcare providers, celebrities and politicians also elevate the cause and spread the word about women and heart disease. Go Red for Women is sponsored nationally by Macy’s and Merck.

About the American Heart Association
Since 1924, the American Heart Association has helped protect people of all ages and ethnicities from the ravages of heart disease and stroke. These diseases, the nation’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers, claim more than 870,000 American lives a year. Through events and programs, the association raises money to fund research, professional and public education, and advocacy so people across America can live stronger, longer lives.

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