(Knoxville, TN) – The American Heart Association hosts its 9th Annual Greater Knoxville Go Red for Women Luncheon on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at the Knoxville Convention Center beginning at 9 a.m. for registration. From 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. will be educational breakout sessions that are free to the public, vendor booths and a silent auction. The Luncheon will be from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Guests will enjoy breakout sessions provided by Summit Medical Group, Tennova Healthcare and Pellissippi State Community College’s Nursing Program. The Luncheon will feature a performance by the Akima Singers, a documentary featuring two survivors and their physicians, keynote speaker Antone Davis, the 4th Annual Open Your Heart challenge presented by Joan Cronan, and a live auction featuring an autographed tie from Peyton Manning as well as an opportunity to experience the filming of his commercials for Tennova Healthcare, our local Go Red cause partner.
Tickets are $60 payable in advance. Checks may be made to the American Heart Association and sent to 4708 Papermill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37909. For credit card payment or additional information call Nicole Lipsey at (865) 212-6509. To join the Go Red Knoxville movement, please visit www.heart.org/greaterknoxvillegored and to take the Heart CheckUp, visit www.goredforwomen.org or call 1-888-MYHEART. Also follow us on www.twitter.com/GoRedKnoxville and www.facebook.com/GoRedKnoxville.
The Go Red for Women Luncheon is sponsored nationally by Macy’s and Merck and presented locally by Summit Medical Group, WBIR, B97.5 and Skirt Magazine. Tennova Healthcare is our year-round cause partner for the Go Red for Women campaign in the Greater Knoxville area for the next three years.
Heart disease is commonly believed to be a “man’s problem,” and yet, the latest statistics tell another story. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in America today. Stroke is the third leading cause of death for females and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability. More than one in five females has some form of cardiovascular disease taking the lives of more than a half million women every year – more than the next FOUR causes of death combined.
The Go Red for Women movement brings attention to the threat of heart disease to women while creating a call to action for all women to commit to living a heart healthy lifestyle.
In Tennessee, the American Heart Association has been a leader in this national campaign helping support an emotional, informative and inspirational atmosphere to encourage women to become champions of their own good health. The theme incorporates the full circle of a woman’s influence: in the community, at home and at work and will focus on the vitality and energy of women.
To take the Heart CheckUp and join the movement visit goredforwomen.org or log on to www.Tennova.com to take the HeartAware risk assessment to learn your risk for heart disease. The Go Red for Women campaign will mobilize women as advocates for their family’s health through specific calls-to-action.
Sharing the knowledge and making their spheres of influence aware of the risks of heart disease in women and children, including its signs and symptoms – which can be different for women.