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Go Red for Women

Posted On May 21, 2015

Midlands professionals are working hard to raise money and awareness to fight heart disease.

By Beth Dinndorf

Go Red for Women Columbia SC

Go Red is the American Heart Association’s nationwide movement that celebrates the energy, passion and power of women banding together to wipe out heart disease and stroke.

As president of Columbia College, this cause is especially important to me because it fits with the College’s 161-year commitment to women, service and social justice, to lifelong learning, and to acceptance of personal responsibility. We need to educate women of all ages about their number one health risk and inspire them to make changes to lead longer and healthier lives. One in three females in the United States has some form of cardiovascular disease, and heart disease is South Carolina’s leading killer of women. 

I also have a personal connection to the American Heart Association – I contracted rheumatic fever when I was eight years old, and for the rest of my childhood the American Heart Association provided medication to protect my heart at no cost to my family. Thanks to the efforts of the American Heart Association and others, the incidence of rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease is now very low in the United States.

Much has been accomplished since the national Go Red For Women campaign began in 2004, including a 34 percent decrease in women’s heart disease death rates nationally. This is encouraging progress, but we still have work to do.

Right here in South Carolina, heart disease and stroke claim the lives of more women than all forms of cancer combined. And although 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases are preventable, 16 women die every day in South Carolina. Those statistics are too staggering – we must stand up and take action.

Thirty women leaders have already joined the Midlands Executive Leadership Team in support of the local Go Red for Women movement. This group is leading the corporate and community outreach to raise funds for research and education to reduce disability and death of women in the Midlands from cardiovascular disease and stroke. We have set a goal to raise $100,000 this year and are well on our way thanks to the generous support of the local community and individual donors.

I am honored to serve as Chair of the 2015 American Heart Association Go Red For Women Luncheon and encourage everyone to get involved and take steps to lead healthier lives.

I am honored to serve as Chair of the 2015 American Heart Association Go Red For Women Luncheon and encourage everyone to get involved and take steps to lead healthier lives.

Go Red For Women Luncheon

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 11am-1:30pm

Marriott Downtown Columbia

Heart-healthy Expo, educational breakout sessions, and seated lunch.

Presenters include passionate and influential women leaders in the field.

Attendees will learn how they can take charge of their health.

For more information call 803-806-3091

midlandsscgoredluncheon.heart.org

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