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.

 

Puttin’ On The Pink For A Great Cause

There was a beautiful sea of pink in the huge ballroom of the Fort Worth Convention Center. Even the champagne and desserts were various shades of pink. Hosted by the Kupferle Health  Board of the Texas Health Resources Foundation. The event showcased the outstanding work of their mobile health unit.

With NBC 5’s Deborah Ferguson as mistress of ceremony, Neiman Marcus hosting a one of a kind runway show featuring collections from Lafayette 148 New York, inspirational stories featuring cancer survivors and great conversation–the event was a Texas sized success. Even the items for the raffles and the centerpieces on each table were amazing.

The mobile unit is as well equipped as any physician’s office with the latest technology and staffed by a very capable medical staff. In addition to digital screening mammograms, services provided by the mobile unit include:

  • well-woman exams
  • cervical cancer screening
  • HPV test for women with abnormal pap tests
  • colon cancer screening
  • bone density screening
  • cardiovascular risk assessments

There was laughter mixed with tears and hugs. Puttin’ on the Pink entertained, but most of all it informed Fort Worth and surrounding areas about medical resources that are available to them.

Texas Health Resources Mobile Mammography Unit

 

To find out more about the great services that are available through the Texas Health Resources Foundation  mobile health unit, go to:  https://www.texashealth.org/fortworth/pages/Services/Cancer/Mobile-Health-Unit.aspx

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.  Get your yearly mammogram.

Go Red–Your Heart Depends On It

This post was written by C Y Cooper.

Remember that heart disease kills more women each year than breast cancer, and that our symptoms are so different than those of men.

A sea of RED took over the Hilton Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas recently for the 2016 Tarrant County GO RED For Women Luncheon.  The annual fund-raising event, by the American Heart Association of Tarrant County, drew a large crowd of supporters that focuses on improving the heart health of women in the surrounding area.

It’s no secret that Heart Disease is the No. 1 killer of women in America.  It affects more women than men and is more deadly that ALL forms of cancer combined.  So, what does it mean to GO RED FOR WOMEN.  It’s about making women’s health the No. 1 priority, getting the word out to every single female in this country about their risk of heart disease and stroke.

(G)et your numbers—–Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure and cholesterol.

(O)wn your lifestyle—–Stop smoking, lose weight, exercise, and eat healthy.  It’s up to YOU.  No one can do it for you.

(R)ealize your risk—–We think it won’t happen to us, but heart disease kills one (1) in three (3) women.

(E)ducate your family—–Make healthy food choices for you and your family. Teach your children/grandchildren that it’s important to stay active.

(D)on’t be silent—–Tell every woman you know that heart disease is our No. 1 Killer.

The Keynote Speaker for this year’s luncheon was Dr. Marjorie Jenkins, a nationally recognized expert in the field of sex and gender-based medicine and the Founding Director and Chief Scientific Officer of the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health.  Dr. Jenkins spoke on how and why women ignore the symptoms they may be suffering from heart disease and what can be done in treating, preventing and even ending the disease.  Besides Dr. Jenkins, the audience heard from Elissa Taylor, a wife and mother of three (3), who survived a heart attack while in her 30s.

Before the luncheon attendees had the opportunity to participate in Health Screenings, Cooking Demonstrations, Hands Only CPR presented by the City of Fort Worth Fire Department and a Silent Auction.  CBS 11 News Anchor Kaley O’Kelley served as Mistress of Ceremonies for the luncheon.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”–take care of yourself!

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”!

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!