Oh, For Hearts’ Sake!
In 2010, after the recent passing of my dear mother to heart disease, A10 decided to make a donation to the American Heart Association for Christmas http://bit.ly/dcocA9, helping to save the lives of people in our community in spirit of the season. A10 wants to offer this gift as a lasting reminder of A10’s support for lifesaving cardiovascular research.
In 2004, the American Heart Association (AHA) noted that cardiovascular disease was claiming the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year, yet women were not paying attention to these figures and in some cases, dismissed heart disease as an “older man’s disease.” To dismiss the myths and raise awareness of heart disease as the number one killer of women, the AHA created the Go Red For Women Movement – an initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health. This year-round cause campaign aims to raise women’s awareness of the risks of heart disease and stroke.
A10 is sponsoring Raleigh’s first-annual AHA Go Red For Women Day in Wake County for Raleigh’s uninsured and under-insured women and children this Friday, April 1, 2011, at Marbles Kid Museum in downtown Raleigh from 3-7pm. A10 is doing its part to help women reduce their risk of heart disease as it continues to kill a half-million women each year at the rate of one per minute. A10 will be promoting healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, by educating others about the risks of heart disease and the better choices they can make to lead heart-healthy lives.
This event is an opportunity for uninsured women to bring their children for an afternoon event celebrating women and their heart health. Provided at the event will be screenings for blood pressure and BMI by UNC Chapel Hill Rehab Group; heart-healthy cooking demos by AHA 2009 Chef Challenge Champion, Chef Ricky Moore, who will provide samples of heart-healthy appetizers and recipe cards to take home; kids exercise demos led by the YMCA; groceries to re-create healthy meals provided by Harris Teeter; CPR training offered by Go Red Triangle sponsor Southeastern Emergency Equipment; healthy snacks; free same-day Marbles passes; take-home gifts and information; and more.
We feel it is critical to help women who do not have insurance or the means for proper medical care to receive heart education and a way to care for themselves and their children. This event is being produced in conjunction with so many community leaders who can offer assistance and A10 is proud to sponsor such an impactful event.
Women who screen for high blood pressure at the Go Red for Women Day will receive free appointments from the Women’s Health Department Wise Women organization. Keep up to date on www.a10clinical.com and Go Red with the A10 Team!