Luncheon attendees ‘Go Red For Women’ to fight heart disease

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SALT LAKE CITY — The American Heart Association hosted its tenth annual Go Red For Women luncheon in Salt Lake City Friday to raise awareness and funds in the fight against heart disease while also educating people about the ways to improve their health.

More women die of heart disease than men, and event organizers said, each year, one in three women will die of heart disease or stroke.

The luncheon is an educational program aimed at teaching women how to prevent cardiac events by making healthy choices. The event was held at the Salt Lake City Marriott Downtown at City Creek, and it featured New York Times bestselling author Kathy Smith as a keynote speaker.

“Everybody in Utah should go red so we can really make a difference,” said Laura Western, Executive Director for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. “We can drive that research to find a cure for cardiovascular disease, and we’d love to get everybody involved in this movement.”

According to a press release from event organizers, 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease, and 80 percent of cardiac events in women could be prevented if they made the right choices regarding diet, exercise and abstinence from smoking.

Proceeds from the event will go toward heart disease research, programs for women, educational materials and other efforts aimed at reducing heart disease and stroke. For more information about Go Red for Women, visit the campaign’s website.