It's an effort to lead women to a better heart-healthy lifestyle. Today, the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women Luncheon will take place at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool. Our Brad Vivacqua reports.
LIVERPOOL, N.Y. -- We all know that during the colder months it's much easier to take our minds off living a healthy lifestyle. But, the American Heart Association wants everyone to realize heart disease is the leading killer of all women 20 and up.
Today's Go Red for Women Luncheon will help women focus on ways to better themselves. The event will include health screenings, spa treatments, and other lifesaving information.
More than 400 women have registered for today's event which will also include CPR lessons, guest speakers, and a healthy lunch.
If you're not planning to attend today's event you can still benefit from some tips from the AHA. Health officials say it's a great time to get active with 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each day.
Know your numbers and talk to your doctor about your cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar. Improve your diet with more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. And, reduce your blood sugar by limiting sugary drinks. Finally, know the warning signs.
"If you're having a heart attack, you may not have severe chest pains or pains in your arms, you may just have shortness of breath. So, the big goal of this effort is to raise awareness in women about heart disease and to recognize the symptoms," said Susan Crossett, Go Red for Women chairperson.
Today's event will get started at 9:30 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Liverpool, at 441 Electronics Parkway. Most people have pre-registered, but there are some tickets still available for today's event, which are $75 each.
Even, if you can't make it out here today, you're reminded that 80 percent of cardiac events in women may be prevented by making the right choices. And, officials say there's not a better time to start than right now.