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Go Red For Women announces keynote

Dec. 26, 2012 |

Ann Kulze, MD

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SPRINGFIELD – The American Heart Association is proud to announce it will host its fourth annual Western Massachusetts Go Red For Women Luncheon on Feb. 8, 2013. More than 300 women are expected to attend the luncheon taking place at the Log Cabin in Holyoke. The benefit luncheon will kick off with registration at 9:30 a.m. followed by educational breakout sessions, inspiring survivor stories and educational keynote speaker, Dr. Ann Kulze, a renowned authority on nutrition, healthy living and disease prevention. Best known as the founder and CEO of the wellness education firm, Just Wellness, Kulze is also the author of several books including her best-selling, award winning "Eat Right for Life" series. As a family physician, wife, and mother of four, Kulze will bring her one-of-a-kind "real world" nutrition and wellness expertise to the Go Red Luncheon. Today, one in three females in the United States have some form of cardiovascular disease, but only 21 percent of women view heart disease as a health threat. And although cardiovascular disease claims the lives of more than 460,000 women nationally each year causing almost one death per minute – it is preventable through education and research. The Go Red For Women luncheon is designed to empower women with the information, education and awareness needed to help reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke. Assisting in the corporate and community leadership role of the Go Red Luncheon are TD Bank executives, Maria Goncalves and Ilda Panetta. The co-chairs will provide recruitment for the fund raising event to benefit the western Massachusetts community in this significant initiative. The Go Red campaign challenges women to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. Furthermore, the movement plays a leading role in providing women with the tools they need to lead heart-healthy lives. Since its inception in 2004, close to 1.2 million women have signed up for the movement and statistics show that 96 percent of women registered achieved at least one health behavior change. For more information on sponsorship or to purchase tickets, call Traci Heath at 735-2109 or go to www.heart.org/wmassgored. Find out more about the Go Red For Women movement and heart healthy living at www.GoRedforWomen.org or call 888-MYHEART (888-694-3278).

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