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American Heart Association 11th Annual Go Red for Women Luncheon

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The Go Red for Women mission is to change the perception that heart disease is a “man’s disease” by teaching women how to recognize the risk factors and talk to their doctors about how to reduce the risks associated with cardiovascular disease.

This year volunteers from the community have agreed to participate in the American Heart Association’s ‘Go Red’s Better U’ program. Nine women will be selected to participate in a 12-week program developed by the American Heart Association. The program will take each woman step-by-step to learn more about heart health, eating healthy and exercising. The theme of this year’s event is Becoming a Beautiful You.

Macy’s is the national sponsor of Go Red for Women. Local sponsors include Stormont-Vail HealthCare, Capitol Federalâ and St. Francis Health. Sponsorships are still available.

The Executive Leadership Committee for the 11th Annual Go Red for Women Luncheon includes three Topeka businesswomen:

Linda Briden, CEO, Topeka Area Realtors

Jeri Hansen, Human Resources Director, Capitol Federal®

Diana Ramirez, Owner, Express Employment Professionals

The Executive Committee Chairs for the 11th Annual Go Red for Women Luncheon include:

Elizabeth Barranco, Event Chair

Diana Ramirez, Chair, Auction Committee

Gail Carlson, Chair, Logistics Committee

Tami Motley, Chair, Communications Committee

Mary Lenz, Chair, Circle of Red

Jeri Hansen, Chair, Open Your Heart Message

Nancy Muller, Chair, Volunteer Committee

            “I am so honored to serve as Chair of this event which has an important health initiative message from the American Heart Association. As women and community residents, we  all should feel inspired to increase our knowledge of this disease and work as a community to stand strong in the fight against heart disease and stroke,” said Elizabeth Barranco, Vice President - Branch Manager, Capitol Federal®, and  Chair of the 2014 Go Red for Women Luncheon in Shawnee County. “I would like to invite each of you to join me in celebrating the heart health of women at this year’s luncheon.  As you help to raise funds for important research, you’ll gain knowledge through the success of the Better U program,” Barranco added.

Prior to the luncheon, attendees are invited to participate in the “Purse-onality’ auction. Tickets for the event are $45 per person. Tables with seating for ten are available for $600.Tickets can be purchased online at www.topekagoredforwomen.org. For more information about the Go Red for Women Luncheon, contact Lance Wilson at the American Heart Association, (785) 228-3435. To learn more about the Go Red for Women movement, visit http://www.goredforwomen.org


BetterU Challenge

The American Heart Association has launched a program to help women become more educated about their heart health with the goal that they will live a healthier life. The program, called BetterU, will offer 9 local women the opportunity to educate themselves and make changes that will affect their heart health over a twelve week period of time.

            The nine participants selected to be part of the BetterU program, include:

Debbie Escobar           Easter Seals Capper Foundation

Susan Farley               Retired

Gayle Jay                    Capitol Federal

Teresa Jenkins            Jones Huyett Partners

Patty Lanum                Capital Insulation, Inc.

Rebecca Miller Central National Bank

Mary Ann Robison      Lexington Park Independent Living

Valerie Slaughter        Jones Huyett Partners

Georgina Tenny          Washburn University

Over the course of twelve weeks these women will meet for weekly classes at St. Francis Sports Medicine. Classes will cover topics such as nutrition, exercise, cardiac health, stress management, and grocery shopping.

At the end of the program, these women will be featured at the 11th Annual Go Red for Women Luncheon and their success stories will be shared during the event, which is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 9 at the Capital Plaza Hotel Maner Conference Center. Tickets are still available for the event. To learn more about the Go Red for Women Luncheon or the BetterU program, contact Lance Wilson, American Heart Association, (785) 228-3435.



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