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Go Red Girlfriend Brings the Community Together to Put Their Heart and Health First

To raise awareness that heart disease is the leading cause of death for all African American women, the American Heart Association (AHA) with its African American Leadership Circle (AALC) hosted its three-day Go Red Girlfriend health and wellness event.  The event kicked off with Taste of Soul, a VIP reception at the AHA offices.  Attendees enjoyed Simple Cooking with Heart food demonstrations with heart healthy appetizers and entrée items that were prepared by four local chefs and one celebrity chef. Participating chefs included Ja’Nel Witt, Keisha Bocage, Tim Sadler, Ivory Watkins, and Jacklyn Davis. Special thank you to event chairs Jackie Adams and Cheryl Solomon and the entire AALC making the event a success.

The All About Me! all-day women’s health symposium followed at the Third Ward Multi-Purpose Center and was hosted by a group of dynamic African American women from the Houston community. The free conference included health screenings, health education sessions, an interactive cooking demonstration, and fun physical activity sessions facilitated by experts in the field.

The afternoon included Pkaye Washington, national Go Red spokeswoman and she shared her heart story. The AHA also presented information on Texas advocacy initiatives, and a call to action for attendees to register for the High Blood Pressure Text Campaign.  The symposium also featured CPR Anytime, Go Red For Women, Know your Numbers and #YouGoGirl Well-Woman exam videos. The symposium concluded with an interactive empowerment session featuring a panel of experts with a Q & A session to help educate attendees so that they could start to take control of their own health.

Go Red Girlfriend weekend concluded with Bringing Our Hearts to the Altar worship service at Hope Church Pearland and included praise and worship.  Information regarding cardiovascular disease and stroke was distributed to the congregation along with critical information regarding high blood pressure. The Sunday worship concluded with a message from First Lady Desireé Eastland on living a heart healthy life. The church also hosted a heart healthy reception for heart and stroke survivors.

American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign is sponsored nationally by Macy’s and locally by Texas Medical Center.  Go Red Girlfriend marketplace sponsor is H-E-B and health screening sponsor is Wells Fargo.

Submitted by: American Heart Association African American Leadership Circle

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