We are honored to co-chair this event and look forward to an afternoon of good food, good fun and an opportunity to educate you about heart disease and its impact on women. This is the sixth annual Go Red for Women luncheon in Missoula and each year your interest and attendance to this event has increased. We'd like to thank the Hilton Garden Inn Missoula for hosting our function and providing a delicious heart-healthy meal.
In 2004, the American Heart Association (AHA) faced a challenge. Cardiovascular disease claimed the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year, yet women were not paying attention. In fact, many women even dismissed it as an “older man’s disease.” To dispel the myths and raise awareness of heart disease as the number one killer of women, the AHA created Go Red for Women – a passionate, emotional, social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health.
All of us have been touched by someone who has suffered with heart disease or stroke. Yet still only 55% of women realize heart disease is their No. 1 killer and less than half know what are considered healthy levels for cardiovascular risk factors like blood pressure and cholesterol. One of the main goals of the Go Red for Women movement is to make sure women know they are at risk so they can take action to protect their health.
We hope you walk away from this event educated about heart disease and passionate to be part of a movement dedicated to women’s health. If history repeats itself, women in this room will seek interventions and make health decisions that will save their lives.
Thank you again for attending this very special event. Your time, support and commitment to Go Red for Women and to each other will save lives!
Dr. Jonathan & Monica Weisul
Welcome to the Missoula Go Red For Women Luncheon! We’re delighted you want to learn how you can advance health, stop heart disease and save women’s lives. That’s what Go Red For Women is all about.
Heart disease isn’t just a man’s problem. It’s a woman’s problem, too. In fact, it’s women’s No. 1 killer. And, tragically, far too few women realize their risk from this often-preventable disease. We need to raise women’s awareness, to protect our mothers, daughters, sisters, friends and other loved ones. And ourselves.
You can help, starting today. Here’s how:
First, take charge of your own heart health. Visit your doctor. Know your numbers (learn more at goredforwomen.org). You can improve your blood pressure, cholesterol and other numbers by making lifestyle changes. You’ll be healthier and look and feel better, too.
Second, speak up. Help spread the word that heart disease is women’s No. 1 killer. You can make a difference. Choose to share what you learn today with your family and members of your community.
Third and last, consider making a contribution. Your donation will help fund local and national Go Red activities to support awareness, research, education and community programs to benefit women.
Please don’t leave today without committing to make a difference. Join the Go Red For Women movement — women need your help. There’s so much to do, and so much at stake. Only one in five women believes that heart disease is her greatest health threat. Reducing risk and preventing heart disease starts with education — and you.
By working together, we can help women and their families live longer, stronger lives. Thank you for your generous support.
Chief Executive Officer
American Heart Association
Join us and Make it Your Mission to help in the fight against heart disease in women.
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