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Healthy Living ‘Goes Red’

Supporting Heart Health for Women on Long Island

What better feature for this color issue of Healthy Living Digest than the “Go Red for Women” movement?

We thought it would be very fitting to include information about American Heart Month and to let readers know that if they missed National Wear Red Day last week, they can still come decked out to the 2012 Go Red For Women Long Island event.

On the first Friday in February, women across Long Island and Queens as well as corporations, businesses, hospitals, towns, schools, local and state legislators, members of the media and teachers, wear red to focus attention on the number 1 killer of women, cardiovascular disease.

To bring a sense of fun into this serious effort, the American Heart Association poses the question “How do you go red?” People are challenged to wear red in their own fashion by wearing a red dress, scarf, jacket, shirt, tie, hat or other item. This is to show support for all women who have been touched by heart disease or stroke.

The Go Red For Women movement by the American Heart Association also takes things a step further, inviting women to “Make It Their Mission” to help save lives by telling five women they know personally that they “want them to live.” The idea is to urge all women to take charge of their cardiovascular health, make it a top priority and live a stronger, longer life.

According to the AHA, “420,000 women die annually from cardiovascular diseases including more than 5,600 women across Long Island. That’s more female lives taken than from the next four causes of death combined, including all cancers. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women age 25 and older and stroke is the No. 4 killer of women, as women account for 61 percent of all stroke deaths annually. The American Heart Association Go Red For Women movement is about turning around these statistics. It’s also about resources, information and hope.”

Go Red Luncheon

There is another chance this month to have fun while making a difference. The 2012 Go Red For Women Long Island event takes place on Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Crest Hollow Country Club, 8325 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury.

This year’s Go Red honorees are two Long Island business women: Anne Shybunko-Moore, president and owner of GSE Dynamics, Inc. and Beth Bunster, CFO of Whitsons Culinary Group. The keynote speaker is Faith Hope Consolo, a chairperson at Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate. The featured survivor is Renee Ticknor.

Ticknor awoke one morning nauseous and sweaty. She says that she assumed she had the flu, but called 911 when her symptoms escalated. EMS told her it was just anxiety, but after a visit to the doctor later that day, tests confirmed her suspicion: Renee had experienced a heart attack.

At the luncheon, readers can learn more about symptoms like Ticknor’s. There are breakout sessions in the morning with health and fitness experts, medical professionals, and other women who want to hear the concrete steps that can be taken for better heart health.

For information on heart health or the Go Red Luncheon, visit the American Heart Association website at www.heart.org.