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Going red for women, fighting heart disease

April 26th, 2012 3:48 am by staff report

Going red for women, fighting heart disease

Contributed photoThe Circle of Red includes (front) Darla Scott, chair, (middle row, from left) Rachel Ralston, Whitney Allen-Carr, Pam Rehart, (back row, from left) Deanna Stamper, Michelle Bolling and Lynn James.

Tri-Cities area women and the men who love them are invited to the Tri-Cities Area Go Red For Women Luncheon on May 4 at MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center, 1901 Meadowview Parkway, Kingsport.

The event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon with free health screenings, educational breakout sessions, health booths and a silent auction.

During the luncheon from noon to 1 p.m., keynote speaker Ginger Zimmerman will present “Survivor Stories.”

Heart disease is commonly believed to be a “man’s problem,” and yet, the latest statistics indicate heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in America today. The statistics are not any different for the Tri-Cities.

Three years ago, the American Heart Association brought Go Red for Women to the Tri-Cities market in an effort to raise awareness of heart disease in women.

“We are proud to say that we are starting to move the needle,” said Marty Price, regional director of the American Heart Association.
“Through our advocacy efforts we have seen a decrease in both the obesity rates and the smoking rates, both of which affect women’s heart health.”

The chair for this year’s event is Darla Scott of Bank of Tennessee.

“The American Heart Association holds a special meaning for me and my family.”said Scott. “My experience with heart disease drives my passion for volunteering with such a great organization. The American Heart Association to me means hope, awareness and life. This year’s event promises to be one of our best, and I encourage the community to get behind this worthy cause.”

The monies raised by the American Heart Association fund educational programs in schools, promote advocacy within the state legislature and are an investment in research.

“We also provide programs for local hospitals called ‘Get With Guidelines,’ which provides evidence-based guidelines that are proven to save more lives,”said Price.

“We invest over $1 million annually in research dollars in the East Tennessee area as well as thousands more dollars in educational and awareness programs.”

Breakout sessions for the event are:

“T.C.B. —Taking Care ofBusiness: Exerciseand the Workplace.” Kim Bishop, AFAA certified personal trainer, will demonstrate exercises that can be done at your desk or workplace. Sponsored by Bank of Tennessee and Kim Bishop with Single Track Fitness and Core Solutions.

“Have a Heart for Financial Wellness.” Financial well-being impacts every area of life including your health. Get a personal financial check-up and a chance to win a spa package. Sponsored by Integrity Capital Management Investment Advisors, and ICM principals Angie Chapman, CRPC, and Pam Rehart.

“Women and Heart Health: What you Need to Know.” Dr. Freddie Williams, a cardiologist with Wellmont CVA Heart Institute and an advocate for women’s heart health awareness, will give an overview of cardiovascular risk factors and warning signs specific to women. Sponsored by Wellmont CVA Heart Institute and Dr. Freddie Williams).

“Light and Luscious Foods: A Food City Cooking Demonstration.” Heart-healthy foods can be light and luscious. Join Chef Larry Barbeau as he prepares several dishes that taste great and are good for your health. Samples will be provided. Sponsored by Food City and Chef Larry Barbeau.

Emcee will be Julie Newman from WCYB.

Go Red for Women is sponsored nationally by Macy’s and Merck, and locally by Wellmont CVA. Media sponsors include WCYB and VIP Seen magazine. For tickets and more information, e-mail Martin.price@-

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