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Jondall to chair American Heart Association's 2010 Go Red For Women Luncheon

Luncheon returns to Hotel del Coronado Feb. 12

The American Heart Association's San Diego Division is excited to have Deborah Jondall as chair of the American Heart Association's 2010 Go Red For Women Luncheon.

The American Heart Association's 2010 Go Red For Women Luncheon is today at the Hotel del Coronado. A highlight of the 10th Annual Go Red For Women Luncheon is the Project Red Runway Fashion Show, featuring local survivors and their families.

"More than 41 million American women are living with one or more types of cardiovascular disease, yet only one in five view heart disease as their greatest health threat," Jondall said. "We are going to change that -- First in San Diego, then across the country."

Jondall, a director/client relationship executive in PricewaterhouseCoopers' marketing and sales department, stressed that women need to begin prioritizing their own heart health. "Women are still the primary caregivers in most families. If we are not taking care of ourselves, then we are not taking care of our families," she explained, adding that increasing awareness is the first step.

Deborah Jondall

The 2010 Go Red for Women Luncheon is the perfect opportunity to increase awareness, as it is designed to create an informative atmosphere that will encourage women in San Diego to become heart health champions. Attendees will learn the risk factors -- and how to control them -- and warning signs of heart disease and stroke.

Jondall added that the Go Red for Women Luncheon offers San Diegans an opportunity to invest in the health of their community, while seeing immediate returns through both increased public awareness and research funding.

Funds raised through the Go Red For Women Luncheon support local heart and stroke research, as well as public and professional education programs. Research funded by the American Heart Association has yielded important discoveries such as CPR, life-extending drugs, pacemakers, bypass surgery and surgical techniques to repair heart defects.

"We are in a very fortunate position," Jondall said. "For every dollar raised in San Diego by the American Heart Association, $1.50 comes back to our local community in the form of funding for local research institutions engaged in the fight against heart disease and stroke."

While the primary goal of the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women Luncheon is education, a major function is also to unite women in the fight against heart disease and stroke. Mothers, daughters and grandmothers will be encouraged to attend together to learn about prevention, risk factors and warning signs of cardiovascular diseases.

"There are so many ways that each of us can be an advocate for women's heart health," Jondall said. "Women tend to suffer in silence, sometimes even ignoring the warning signs of heart disease. People often think heart disease only impacts our mothers and grandmothers, when in fact heart disease can strike anyone, even those who appear completely healthy.

"Education is the key. Coming together on Feb. 12 is an opportunity for each of us to be vigilant about our health and that of our loved ones."

For more information about the 2010 Go Red for Women Luncheon, call 858-410-3850 or visit the Web site at www.americanheart.org.

The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women campaign is nationally sponsored by Macy's (NYSE: M) and Merck (NYSE: MRK). San Diego media sponsors include KFMB 8, Telemundo 33, Univision, Radio Latina, The Daily Transcript and 944 magazine.

Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association's nationwide movement that celebrates the energy, passion and power that women have to band together and wipe out heart disease. For more information about Go Red for Women, visit goredforwomen.org.

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