Lisa Murphy, administrator of the UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center and chair of the American Heart Association’s 2011 Go Red For Women Luncheon, has confirmed that the April 1st event has sold out, with more than 520 people expected to attend.
“We are excited that so many San Diegans have committed their time and resources in support of this campaign,” Murphy said. “Heart health is a delicate combination of balanced nutrition, regular exercise, cardiac risk factor awareness and yes, enjoying regular doses of fun! This is a great start in this new direction.”
Murphy requests that everyone at the luncheon pay special attention during the Project Red Runway Fashion Show, which features local survivors and their families.
“The women involved in the fashion show, they look just like you and me. Many weren’t even aware of their cardiac disease, until they had a life-changing event. If you haven’t seen your physician in a while, please make an appointment today. Ask for an assessment of your cardiovascular health. Have a conversation about your risk factors. Change your daily routine to include exercise and nutritious food. If you make health your top priority, then you will find the time,” Murphy said.
The 2011 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 warning signs of heart disease and stroke.
Murphy said that the Go Red For Women Luncheon also offers San Diegans an opportunity to invest in the health of our community, while seeing immediate returns through both increased public awareness and research funding. This past year, the San Diego region received over $11 million in American Heart Association funding for local research institutions engaged in the fight against heart disease and stroke.
Funds raised through the Go Red For Women Luncheon supports 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.
Visit GoRedForWomen.org to learn more heart disease and stroke, especially as it pertains to women. Or visit the website of the 2011 Go Red Luncheon Presenting Sponsor, the new UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, which opens this month in La Jolla. Get involved with the American Heart Association. Walk in the Heart Walk. Learn CPR. And don’t forget to share what you learn with the women you love. You may just help save a life.
The 2011 Go Red For Women Luncheon is presented by the UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center. Additional local sponsors include Anthem Blue Cross, SDG&E, Sony (NYSE: SNE), Union Bank, Barona Band of Mission Indians, and Westfield UTC. Go Red For Women media sponsors include KFMB – CBS 8, 944 magazine, The Daily Transcript, Telemundo XHAS 33, Radio Latina, Univision San Diego, DiscoverSD, and El Latino.