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What do women want? 

Try a gentle nudge, fusing health with spa treatments to spark awareness that women self-care is necessary, especially when the goal is to live well enough to enjoy watching your own grandchildren grow up. 

More than 1,300 people attended the 2012 American Heart Association’s Annual Go Red for Women benefit at Woodlake Hotel on Friday. 

Choosing healthy meals is one of the ways to fight heart disease.

A white linen luncheon complete with chicken salad, walnuts, cranberries, and light vinaigrette, chocolate truffles and mousse dessert graced the tables as girlfriends engaged in conversation, a mini shopping spree, red feather boas, Macy’s gift cards, zumba with the Golden 1 Credit Union mascot, and sparkly heart shaped accessories.

Too many women die each year because they are unaware of their No.1 killer, heart disease.  One in three women suffers in silence, and almost one woman dies every minute from this preventable disease.

When a woman takes up the fight against heart disease, she shouldn’t do it alone. Having the support of a team can greatly influence one’s ability to succeed.  This is why the American Heart Association joined forces with Sutter Health & Vascular Institute in its fight against heart disease in women.

Go Red for Women combines community resources with education to connect millions of women in supporting them to make personal choices that turn into life-saving actions.

Regular exercise with a peer group is a key component in health.


The luncheon featured emcees Reba Arnold, co-anchor, News 10 and Amy Lewis of KFBK.  A special zumba session stirred the audience to act starting with regular exercise.  Dr. Michael Fugit, an interventional cardiologist at Sutter Health & Vascular Institute presented more health tips for women to impact their odds for heart health. 

Annual physicals with your doctor can help in detection of heart disease early so treatment can be prescribed.

Afterwards, Nick Fowler and his mother Kirsten shared their account of surviving multiple heart surgeries from the young age of only seven days old.  Nick is now nineteen, studying kinesiology in college, and focuses on his future though he continues to be monitored by his doctors.

Kirsten is greatful that her son, Nick is able to live a normal life overcoming multiple surgeries since birth.

Within the audience, are open heart surgery survivors, like Bonnie and Stephy.  After surviving heart surgery, Stephy decided to turn her pain into art, drawing from her understanding, the designs of hope transferred to graphic t shirts. She shares the shirts with other heart disease patients traveling as a vendor with other Go Red events sharing the findings of her craft, through the Mosaic Heart.


The rock of heart surgery survivors is a peer network.

These are women who found their inner calling through healing and changing their lifestyle.  Within each other is strength.  Within each other is knowledge.  Within each other is the support and creativity to end the isolation of heart disease.

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