Heart Association Fundraiser Raises Awareness

Go Red Luncheon is an Annual Event by the American Heart Association

DULUTH, Minn. – The DECC’s Harborside Ballroom was decked in red Wednesday as the Duluth chapter of the American Heart Association held its annual Go Red Luncheon.

The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign started in 2004 and the Duluth chapter celebrates every year with their Go Red luncheon.

Heart disease is the number one killer Of women and men in the United States.  At the luncheon, vendors and other exhibitors helped raise awareness.

“It’s a way to gather everyone here in Duluth to talk about women’s health, to recognize what heart disease looks like in women, and to listen to some empowering stories as well,” said Heather Hughley, Corporate Events Director for the Duluth chapter.

Besides lunch, there was a silent auction, breakout Zumba and yoga sessions.  Duluth’s Mary Dow also shared her story of surviving a Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection.

“I did not have any risk factors, like most men and women do for heart attacks,” said Dow.  “Mine just kind of came out of blue, we were at the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament.”

The American Heart Association reminds everyone to “know their numbers”.  These numbers include cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose levels.  They also offer seven steps to lower risk.

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