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2015 Go Red For Women campaign kicks off Thursday, Feb. 5

Dr. Pam Taub (center) with friends at UCSD on hand to receive a Proclamation from Supervisor Dave Roberts proclaiming Friday, Feb. 6 as Wear Red Day in San Diego County.
Dr. Pam Taub (center) with friends at UCSD on hand to receive a Proclamation from Supervisor Dave Roberts proclaiming Friday, Feb. 6 as Wear Red Day in San Diego County.
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The American Heart Association’s annual Go Red For Women Campaign kicks off Thursday, Feb. 5, with local landmarks and supporters “Going Red.” More than 25 San Diego landmarks/businesses are Going Red in February, including UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, UC San Diego Medical Center, La Valencia Hotel and the US Grant, to name a few. In addition, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors has declared Friday, Feb. 6 as Wear Red Day in San Diego County.

National Wear Red Day and American Heart Month are just one portion of the American Heart Association’s year-long Go Red For Women campaign. The campaign is a national call to increase awareness of heart disease in women that inspires women to take charge of their heart health, and stress the importance of knowing their numbers (i.e. blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and body mass index).

Since the movement was launched a little over a decade ago, more than 650,000 women have been saved from heart disease. Yet there is still much to do as nearly 1,100 women are still dying each day.

2015 Go Red For Women Campaign Kick-Off Thursday, Feb. 5

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The 2015 American Heart Association San Diego Division’s Go Red For Women campaign kicks off Thursday, Feb. 5 at the UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center (9434 Medical Center Drive). The kick-off ceremony begins at 6 p.m., and the Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center will GO RED at approximately 6:40 p.m. San Diego Charger Nick Hardwick is the guest speaker. The public is invited.

2015 National Wear Red Day Celebration Friday, Feb. 6

The American Heart Association and Macy’s will host a special event on Friday, Feb. 6 in celebration of National Wear Red Day. The event will feature public engagement - and will be camera friendly. Free blood pressure screenings will also be provided. The National Wear Red Day event begins at 1030 a.m. on the first floor of the Macy’s UTC (4333 La Jolla Village Drive)

2015 Go Red For Women Luncheon Friday, Feb. 27

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The 2015 Go Red For Women Luncheon is Friday, Feb. 27, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina. The luncheon is the celebratory event for the American Heart Association’s annual Go Red campaign. For many, the luncheon is a life-changing experience. The luncheon focuses on three areas to support the fight against heart disease in women: heightening awareness of the issue, creating a passionate call-to-action and generating funds to support education and research. The 2014 luncheon drew over 650 people, raising almost $750,000 for heart disease and stroke research. The 2015 event is expected to surpass those figures. Organizers expect the event to be a complete sell-out.

New to this year’s luncheon is aerialist Tania Holt. Holt is known for her positive approach to motivating talent and her creative way of finding new approaches and original pieces to keep clients uniquely entertained time and time again. Holt casts, directs and choreographs original aerial numbers for the New Year’s Productions Show at The Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas and the official after party for the Grammy’s at the Staples Center. Her Aerial Artistry and Choreography have been featured on The Country Music Awards, Dancing with the Stars, Cold Case, The VIP Super Bowl Pre Party, Cox Business commercials, Austin and Ally, Shake it Up, Disneyland, and over a dozen night clubs. Holt tours internationally with iL Circo.

Luncheon registration begins at 10 a.m. The American Heart Association will also honor its 2015 Legendary Women of the Heart at the event. This year’s Legendary Women are Dixie Unruh, Karen Cohn, Gaby Sulpizio, Sally Thornton and Ronne Froman Blue.

This year’s campaign chair is Debbie Turner. Barbara-Lee Edwards of KFMB-CBS 8 will again serve as Go Red For Women Luncheon Mistress of Ceremonies.

Local Go Red For Women sponsor UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center will provide free health screenings to attendees. Screenings include Body Mass Index, hypertension (blood pressure) and cholesterol.

Get Involved

For more information about the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign, please visit sdgoredluncheon.ahaevents.org or call (858) 410-3850.

Go Red for Women is sponsored nationally by Macy’s and locally by UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center.

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FACTS

• Heart disease is not just a man’s disease. Each year, 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke. Heart disease and stroke kill more women than men.

80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented

• Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death for African-American women.

• Hispanic women are likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than Caucasian women.

• The symptoms of heart attack can be different in women vs. men, and are often misunderstood – even by some physicians.

Ways to Go Red

• Get Your Numbers: Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose.

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• Own Your Lifestyle: Stop smoking, lose weight, be physically active and eat healthy.

• Raise Your Voice: Advocate for more women-related research and education.

• Educate Your Family: Make healthy food choices for you & your family. Teach your kids the importance of staying active.

• Donate: Show your support with a donation of time or money