Celebrating & Encouraging Heart Health


Go Red for Woman Luncheon:

The annual Go Red for Women Luncheon is from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, according to Tiffany France, director of corporate events.

“Historically, this event has had attendance of 500+ women and we expect the same this year as well,” said France who has been with the organization since July.

“In the morning gatherings, we have two different educational breakout sessions covering cardiovascular disease and women. Instead of a keynote, we do a fashion show featuring this year’s BetterU participants, highlighting their successes over the course of 12 short weeks. The fashion show is with the help of our wonderful national sponsor, Macy’s.”

Asked how these special women were chosen to take part in the 12-week challenge, which began Aug. 22, France explained each woman submitted an application to participate.

“I was there at the kickoff. I can tell you each and every one of the women had a truly inspirational and compelling story as they shared why participating in this program meant so much to them.

“The 20 women all come from various backgrounds and ages, but there was a common thread. They are all very busy. They put their families, children, employers and everyone else first. And when you are so consumed with taking care of everyone else and making sure their needs are met, it’s easy to fall into the habit of forgetting about your own. These women have done a great job of embracing the fact that they need to be healthy and cared for so that all the other people they love can get the best they have to offer.” Those sentiments were echoed by Carolyn Spake-Leeper, who has been involved the last two years and is chairing the 2014 event. She believes wholeheartedly in the mission because heart attacks are the number-one killer in women.

“I know as busy career women and mothers, we often put our own health near the bottom of our to-do list. I want to remind all women to keep their health and their own care as a priority as well,” said Spake-Leeper.

“Last year, I did the health screenings with a few of the women in my networking group and it was an eye-opening and heart-warming experience to be with them as we learned some vital numbers pertaining to our own health. One dear friend learned that she had high blood pressure and she has been on medication ever since then to regulate her blood pressure.”

The corporate sponsors (as of this writing) include Fifth Third Bank (a title sponsor), Ivy Tech Community College, Do It Best Corp., Indiana Tech, American Senior Communities, Glenbrook Hyundai, Fort Wayne Neurology / Stroke Care Now and Parkview Physicians Group – Cardiology. Macy’s is the national sponsor. Additional corporate sponsorships are available.

To purchase tickets, visit the website www.fortwaynegored.org or to learn how you can help lend your voice to save women’s lives, visit www.goredforwomen.org/. This website offers valuable tips on how to get involved, keeping yourself heart-healthy, how to find out your risk for heart attack and stroke, what part exercise plays in your life, sharing your story and how to live healthy. Also, on the same website is information on the BetterU Nutrition and Fitness Program.

Contact France for more information at Tiffany.France@heart.org or by calling (260) 578-0222.

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