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Women can learn how to lower their risks

Too many women die each year because they are unaware that heart disease is their No. 1 killer and stroke is their No. 3 killer. One in three women suffers in silence, and almost one woman dies every minute from heart disease.

These are shocking statistics, but the good news is that heart disease is largely preventable. In fact, 80 percent of cardiac events in women may be prevented if women make the right choices for their hearts, involving diet, exercise and abstinence from smoking.

The Fort Wayne Go Red For Women Luncheon offers a great oppportunity for women to learn about their risks for heart disease and stroke, and what they can do to lower those risks. It will be held on May 20 at the Orchard Ridge Country Club, 4531 Lower Huntington Road. The event, which runs from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., will offer free health screenings, complimentary photos by Michael’s Photography, exhibitor booths, break-out sessions, and a gourmet lunch. Guests are encouraged to wear red to the luncheon.

First Lady Cheri Daniels will serve as the keynote speaker at the event. In her role as first lady, Mrs. Daniels focuses much of her attention on raising awareness about women and heart disease. She has formed a partnership with the Indiana State Department of Health to create Heart to Heart, a program that takes her message of living a heart-healthy life to college campuses, hospitals and civic groups.

Jan Wilhelm, Vice President of Private Banking at 1st Source Bank, is this year’s luncheon chair.

“Heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases have been the leading causes of death of women for the last 40 years. Women are finally starting to realize that heart disease is not just a man’s disease,” said Wilhelm.

Wilhelm feels that the Go Red For Women Luncheon offers the perfect opportunity for women to learn how they can lower their risk for heart disease and stroke. She also hopes that the women who attend the luncheon will then help tell other women about their risks.

“What better Mother’s Day gift could you give to their wife, mother or daughter than tickets to the Go Red For Women Luncheon?” asked Wilhelm. “A ticket to the luncheon just might save the life of someone you love.”

Money raised at the Go Red For Women Luncheon will help fund life-saving research, advocacy efforts and education relating to women’s heart health.

Corporate tables are available. Individual tickets are $65, but limited. For information, contact Mary Pat Leonard at 260.485.9890 or marypat.leonard@heart.org or visit www.americanheart.org/FtWayneGoesRed.

Go Red For Women is part of the American Heart Association’s solution to help save women’s lives. With one out of three women still dying from heart disease, we are committed to fighting this No. 1 killer, which is largely preventable. GoRedForWomen.org, a premiere source of information and education, connects millions of women of all ages and gives them tangible resources to turn personal choices into lifesaving actions. or more information please visit GoRedForWomen.org or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278). The movement is nationally sponsored by Macy’s and Merck & Co., Inc.

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