Mom. Sister. Friend. Go Red.

Go Red for Women turns 15 this year. It was started to bring awareness among women about the number one killer of women–heart disease* and stroke. The Go Red Movement is about more than wearing the beautiful color of red on the first Friday of February.

It is about women taking control of their own health. Women making the committment to their health. Learning that they can work together with others while helping them with their health concerns.

Fort Worth’s/Tarrant County’s Go Red Luncheon will be held on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 10 am at the Omni Hotel in downtown Fort Worth. While there you can gather information on heart disease, learn how to prepare heart healthy meals, have your blood pressure checked, hear from an outstanding speaker and more.

The funds raised will help to build awareness and support research and education initiatives.

There is still have time to purchase tickets to this years Fort Worth Go Red Luncheon.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

This year’s theme for Fort Worth’s Go Red Luncheon is:

Mother. Sister. Friend.

Together we can save the lives of women we love.

*Just reported today that over half of all Americans have some form of heart disease.

Check with your local branch of the American Heart Associaton to find tickets to their Go Red Luncheon or to donate.

Red Is Your Color

by CY Cooper

Last week, Thursday, March 1st, to be exact, the 2018 Tarrant County Go Red for Women Luncheon took place at the Omni Hotel in downtown Fort Worth, Texas.  The annual event, in conjunction with the American Heart Association drew women, and some men, from all over Tarrant County to come together in their quest to end heart disease and stroke in women. Heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined, and 1 in 3 women die of cardiovascular diseases each year.

The Go Red for Women endeavor began in 2004 and every February/March, women all across the country proudly wear red, telling their stories of survival and raising awareness of heart disease and stroke as the Number 1 killer of women.

This year’s Tarrant County Go Red Luncheon not only raised much needed funds for lifesaving research and awareness, but it also featured keynote speaker, Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to officially enter and run the Boston Marathon.  Switzer told the packed ballroom, it doesn’t matter what age, size, gender or stage of life you may be in.  It’s never too late to make a change for the better for yourself and for others.

Before the luncheon got underway, attendees were treated to a mimosa reception, complimentary health screenings, cooking with heart demonstrations and a silent auction.  During the luncheon all were encouraged to donate to this year’s fundraising effort by opening up their hearts along with their checkbooks.  Members of the Fort Worth Fire Department were present to assist in collecting the donations.

With the tremendous success of this year’s event in their rear view mirror, organizers have begun planning for the 2019 Tarrant County Go Red Luncheon for Women, scheduled for Friday, February 15th at the Omni Hotel.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear” the color red looks good on everyone.

 

National Wear Red Day

February 2, 2018 is national wear “red” day for American Heart Month.

 

On the first Friday of February national wear “red” day is held to draw attention to the fact that the #1 killer of women is heart disease.  This year, 2018 marks the 15th year for this event.

There have been major strides made in the effort to eradicate heart disease in women, but still, 1 in 3 women will die from some form of heart disease and stroke.

The color red was chosen because it stands out.  It has even been stated that red makes a person feel powerful.

The research has shown that women who participate in the events (wearing red) during February do the following:

  • eat healthier diets
  • exercise more
  • insist on medical tests when having symptoms of stroke/heart attack

My best friend since second grade has had to change many things since suffering three heart attacks, the last one being a major one.  Her challenges have made me more aware of my health.  The symptoms of heart attacks for women are different from those for men.  They can be:

  • pain in one or both arms, stomach, back, neck or jaw–which is what my best friend had
  • dizziness
  • fullness in the chest with or without pain

Symptoms of a stroke can be:

  • sudden blurred vision in one or both eyes
  • sudden trouble speaking
  • sudden numbness or weakness especially on one side

So wear something “red” on February 2, and donate to your local American Heart Association to stomp out heart disease and stroke in women.

To learn more about heart disease, stroke and how to donate contact your local heart association, The National American Heart Association  or The Tarrant County Heart Association.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”–Go Red for Women.

 

I Wear Red

Wear your red on Friday, February 5, 2016 to show your support in stamping out heart disease in women. Show your support by posting your picture on social media. In Tarrant County, Texas use the hashtags #GoRedTC and #TCHeart. Check your local area for their hashtags –you can use the one’s for Tarrant County.  Let’s cover the world in red on Friday, February 5, 2016

imageRemember “thisisyourbestyear”!

A Generational Problem–Childhood Obesity In America

As a woman of a certain age I remember being very active, no I didn’t say athletic. I was never very good at sports, but again I was active. In fact all the children of my generation were. As the first lady of the United States of America has noticed, our children are over weight. The one thing that she misses is that if we look at the parents of the children we will probably see  they are over weight also.

Back in the day children played outside with the kids in the neighborhood. They walked to the neighbor’s house, played pickup softball, stickball and such. There was no cell phone to call their friend, no Skype. You walked to the corner store and to school.

Our eating habits have changed because of convenience. My mother always cooked breakfast, and very seldom if ever did she ask my siblings and I what we wanted. My mother was a consumer science major so she was into nutrition, but all of the other mother’s on my street cooked breakfast also. There were no snack bars, very little sugary cereals, no sugary drink for breakfast, oatmeal was cooked on the stove not in the microwave. Now today our breakfast is eaten in the car on the go. It can be held in one hand and is never made fresh. Sugar is added to almost every product including the bottle water that most children drink. So when our children and/or grandchildren want breakfast we give them what they are familiar with—we ask them what they would like to eat. We watch as they eat bowl after bowl of sugary cereal often adding more sugar to the mixture. In fact most of them are eating on the average of 2 to 3 servings at one sitting.

The media tells us we as a nation are drinking less soda than in the past, BUT it fails to tell us that we are drinking more energy drinks, coffee beverages and other concoctions that are full of sugar or high fructose syrup.

We all say that we microwave and/or buy fash food because we don’t have the time to cook, but is that the reason or are we just dare I say “lazy”. Remember when you learned to read, you practiced while your mother cooked dinner. There was no such thing as a “snack”, candy was a treat, and soda was never with a meal.

There was basically no such thing as a personal trainer to get you in shape. There was no need. You walked to your friends home, you walked to school—even if you rode the bus, you still had a distance to walk, and if it were raining, you ran. As a child you walked to the corner store or rode your bike. Sometimes you even put your younger sibling on the back and rode with them. You ran up and down hills.  But playing has changed, we’ve gone from pickup games, to play dates to  Skyping your play date. We’ve gone from never going in the house, to never leaving the house. Remember when a can of soda was considered two servings, and now it’s one serving.

Things have changed, but we as parents and grandparents can assist in eliminating this problem of obesity.  There can be wholesome meals prepared in less than 30 minutes, and you can purchase wholesome meals for the price of 5 hamburgers, fries and soft drinks.  There can be after dinner family walks, Saturday morning walks around the track at the local school.  There are free workout videos on cable television. As the adult in the house we can monitor what foods come into the house.

The are consequences of childhood obesity are many.  There is heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and much more.  The emotional toll is sometimes harder for children than the health issues.

To find out more about how to fight childhood obesity talk with your family physician or your local branch of the American Heart Association.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.  Make it as healthy as possible.

May Is National Stroke Awareness Month

stroke

Are you at risk for a stroke?  Take the quiz at the link below and find out. 

http://strokequizapp.heart.org/

Learn to spot the signs and symptoms of a stroke.

http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/WarningSigns/Stroke-Warning-Signs-and-Symptoms_UCM_308528_SubHomePage.jsp

To find out more about strokes–the prevention, symptoms and what to do if you or a loved one suffers a stroke.  Go to the American Heart Association/the American Stroke Association at:

http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/AboutStroke/AmericanStrokeMonth/American-Stroke-Month_UCM_459942_SubHomePage.jsp

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

Going Red For A Healthy Heart

Go redIt’s said that we do everything bigger (and better) in Texas.  Well the American Heart Association of Tarrant County did their Go Red Luncheon bigger and better than most.  It was a virtual sea of every bright shade of red that one could imagine.  Even the men wore something red.

The beautiful Omni Hotel had the fireplace going, and the smiles of the valet’s and others were as big and bright asGo red 3 anything that Texas has seen. After stopping at the registration desk and receiving instructions on bidding on the wonderful items at the silent auction, I decided to attend the healthy cooking demonstration presented by the head chef at Texas Health Harris Hospital Southwest Fort Worth.  He was entertaining and informative.  While he talked about his dishes some attendees sipped on their mimosa’s from the reception.  He had a question and answer session, and then a delicious tasting of “heart healthy” food.

Go red 2The silent auction had everything (no I did not get anything) from jewelry to suites at the Ballpark and more. There was no need to keep running back and forth to see if you were ahead on the bidding, all you needed was your phone.

Aside from the silent auction, there was information about heart disease, the dangers of Go red 12smoking, CPR training and many other informational stations. The professionals at the stations were eager to answer any and all questions.

Go red 7Karen Borta of CBS 11 served as the Mistress of Ceremony at the Heart Healthy Luncheon.  The luncheon featured laughter, information and a powerful testimony given by Tabitha Millsop.  The keynote address was given by actress and comedienne Tracey Conway who is also a sudden cardiac arrest survivor. She led all of us in a pledge to take care of our hearts.

As the attendees waited patiently for their cars, it was quite evident that the Go Red Luncheon had given everyone something to think about which is what the staff of the American Heart Association of Tarrant County wanted. You could overhear talks of loved ones with heart disease. There was talk of exercise and watching one’s diet.  The American Heart Association of Tarrant County was blushing red.  They had Tarrant County talking.

For more information about the number one killer of women (heart disease) go to www.heart.org to find your local chapter of the American Heart Association.  They have information, plus opportunities to volunteer to assist the cause.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”. Pledge to keep it “heart healthy”.

Why Be Heart Healthy? (Because) Life Is Why!

Men and women are alike in so many ways, but one way they are different is the symptoms they have when having a heart attack.  Take a few minutes to see some of the typical symptoms women have when having a  heart attack.

Just before I turned 50, I experienced a few of these symptoms, plus a few others.  I can remember my heart racing like something had just jumped out and scared me–it would not slow down.  The sense of doom would come over me, and it seemed like the world was just closing in on me–I was going through this tunnel that seemed to get narrower as I kept going.  There was no pain at all.  At the hospital I was informed by one doctor that I was paranoid, but the final doctor sat down and talked family history with me.  My father and his brothers had all died from heart disease at about the age of 50–so there was family history which could have been in the back of my mind. He did assure me though that I was not paranoid. There were tests run, monitors worn and even tests that I paid out-of-pocket for done.  In the end I was given a heart healthy thumbs up.

By the same token, my best friend for life said that she felt like she was nauseated, and would go and throw up, and feel better for a few minutes, and it would start again.  This routine went on for some time.  Then she felt like she was having a horrendous tooth ache.  At the emergency room she was told she was having a heart attack. In fact she has survived two.

We are exactly the same age give or take a few days, but each of us has a story to tell about our hearts. We both listened to our bodies and took action which is one of the things women typically don’t do. As women we must first take care of ourselves before we can take care of others.

The American Heart Association of Tarrant County is sponsoring it’s annual Go Red” event on Friday, February 20, 2015 at 10 AM at the Omni Hotel in downtown Fort Worth.  This event helps the organization inform everyone about the number 1 killer of women–heart diseaseHeart disease kills more women than all of the cancers combined.  It is a fact that 1 in 3 women will die of heart disease.  Take a look at the video below to understand that “life is why” you should learn more about heart disease in women.

For more information about the “Go Red” event, go to:  http://tarrantcountygored.ahaevents.org/site/displayPage.do?siteIdCode=AEVQVFZ4&pageId=9441

If you can’t make the luncheon, you can donate online or call to ask about volunteering with the American Heart Association of Tarrant County at 817-698-5400. and/or go to their website at:  http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Affiliate/FortWorth/Texas/Home_UCM_SWA007_AffiliatePage.jsp#

Check for the nearest affiliate of the American Heart Association in your local area for information.

As women we can take care of others only if we take care of ourselves first.  Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.  Be heart healthy (because) life is why!