Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Amazing American Heart Month

I am so excited about the coverage American Heart Month has received this month.  Due to the tireless work of so many across this country, more women than ever before are becoming aware of the dangers of heart disease and learning how to reduce their risk. 

I am honored to have been named a spokeswoman for the Memphis Area Go Red for Women Chapter.  I have appeared on television twice this month to tell the story of my dad's heart scare which not only encouraged him to become heart healthy, but also served to make me realize that this disease, commonly considered an older man's disease, is actually the leading killer of women.  I am energized by my work with Go Red for Women, and I am excited about the future progress our Memphis Chapter will accomplish.

Our Executive Leadership Team is busy planning our Go Red for Women Girls' Night Out which will be held on May 10, 2011.  We are also planning a dinner, spa night, and movie night for our Circle of Red Members.  I will be back on the news here in Memphis in April educating women about the importance of exercise in reducing the risk of heart disease.  And, next month, I will be featured in "skirt! Magazine" here in Memphis as one of Memphis' Community Change Makers.

This is an exciting time, and I am honored to have the opportunity to create positive change and raise awareness about a disease that affects so many.
Fellow Memphis Area Go Red for Women Executive Leadership Team member, Tina Dickinson-Jones, and me at our February Circle of Red Cocktail Party on February 17, 2011.
Dr. Arie Szatkowski and me in the "Green Room" immediately after sharing our personal heart health stories on Action 5 News in Memphis on February 19, 2011.
Me immediately before going "on air" to discuss the dangers of heart disease and promote Go Red for Women on Fox 13's "Good Morning Memphis" on February 8, 2011.   

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