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The American Heart Association is pumping heart disease awareness events into San Diego through February in celebration of National Heart Month.

The Go Red for Women campaign, designed to make ending heart disease a reality, kicked off in San Diego Thursday with the 2012 Wear Red Day Rally at City Park.

Heart disease kills one woman every minute, according to the American Heart Association. About 8 million women in the United States are living with heart disease, yet only one in six women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat. In fact, 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.

The second annual building lighting ceremony in honor of Go Red for Women Day is Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center on 9434 Medical Center Drive in La Jolla. Attendees will learn about how red wine and chocolate can save a life and hear a survivor’s story about the lifesaving care at Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center. The building will light up red in honor of Go Red for Women Day.

A wine and chocolate reception will follow the event in the Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center lobby. Wine tasting will be provided by Montesquieu Winery.

The Westfield Horton Plaza will host a Go Red event on Friday from noon to 4 p.m. The red lounge will be located on Level 1 near Forever 21. There will be fitness testing by 24 Hour Fitness, smoothie sampling by Jamba Juice, and those wearing red will receive a gift.

San Diego moms are invited to a relaxing night out at the Sè Spa at Hotel Palomar San Diego, A Kimpton Hotel on 1047 Fifth Avenue, San Diego. The SD Mom’s Night Out runs from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9. Complimentary wine and light appetizer fare will be provided throughout the evening along with live acoustic entertainment, hand and chair massages and raffle prizes. Attendees are asked to wear red to show support for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign. The event is $20 through midnight on Feb. 2, or $25 at the door. Valet parking is available at $7 per hour, or public parking is available at Horton Plaza. Parking is free for three hours with validation.

Heart disease survivors are invited to tell their stories on video from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center Lobby on 9434 Medical Center Drive in La Jolla. The winning videos will be aired at the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women luncheon in San Diego. During the videotaping, there will also be health screenings, CPR demonstrations and information about departments and support groups, along with light refreshments. Family and friends are invited to be part of this informative event. For more information or to schedule a videotaping, call Natalie King at 858-410-3834 or email Natalie.King@heart.org.

Go Red Por Tu Corazón will be from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Chula Vista Golf Course on 4475 Bonita Road in Bonita. This educational breakfast, “Vida Sana, Corazón Sano,” is a free, locally-sponsored event with prizes. There is limited space available. To register, call Jorgelina at 951-219-0088.

The U.S. Grant Hotel will present "Love, etc*," the 2012 Wedding & Event Showcase, celebrating the universal stages of love. The event runs from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 4 on 326 Broadway in San Diego. A portion of the event’s proceeds will be donated to the American Heart Association and San Diego's Go Red for Women campaign.

Spanning three floors, each level with provide brides and guests a chance to discover wedding venues and to engage with more than 60 of Southern California’s wedding vendors.

Presented as a journey from ‘First Date’ to ‘I do’, the *etc includes the photographers, florists, event planners, entertainers, cake creators and other specialists. Nearly 800 guests attended the showcase last year where one couple won a wedding at The U.S. Grant. Tickets for the event are $20.

The Go Red for Women campaign will culminate on Friday, March 16 with a luncheon at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront on One Park Boulevard. The Go Red expo, silent auction and CPR training will run from 10 a.m. to noon. The Go Red Luncheon runs from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Almost a dozen locations across San Diego are expected to Go Red in support of this year’s campaign, including: the Port Administration building, the Port Pavilion San Diego, the San Diego County building, the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, the Hard Rock Hotel, the Hotel Del Coronado, The U.S. Grant, UC San Diego Hillcrest and the UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center.

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