The American Heart Association announced Dr. Suzie Carmack, PhD as they keynote speaker for the Go Red For Women Luncheon, set for Friday, October 28th at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie. Go Red For Women Luncheon tickets may be purchased online at www.dutchessulstergored.heart.org or by calling the American Heart Association at 845-867-5379. Email Danielle Schuka, Go Red For Women Director, at Danielle.schuka@heart.org for sponsor or volunteer information. Tickets are $125 each and table sponsorships are still available.suzie-carmack

Dr. Suzie Carmack, PhD, MFA, MEd, ERYT, PMA-CPT is the author of Well-Being Ultimatum, and a scholar, speaker, and strategist in the field of health communication. Her passion is helping others to live more mindfully and actively. She has worked in the health, wellness and well-being promotion fields since 1997, helping to empower leaders and their teams to thrive in their work, personal lives, and in their overall work/life balance. She currently advises the CDC as a change management strategist with the MITRE corporation, a non-profit organization and federally funded research center. She also trains mindful movement leaders, well-being coaches and corporate yoga teachers through her company, Well-Being Ultimatum Education.

Carmack, a long-time yoga master trainer and integrative health and well-being coach, trained thousands of yoga clients and yoga teachers, before launching her own Yoga Alliance-approved program in 2013. She designed and developed evidence-based well-being programs for corporations, and national public health agencies, and has collaborated on national public health campaigns for several government agencies. She has 22 years of experience teaching in higher education, including health promotion, health policy, behavior change, and health communication.

The Go Red For Women event–now in its new fall timeslot–includes educational breakout sessions, a health and wellness expo, and “It’s in the Bag,” a unique auction featuring sophisticated handbags, wallets, and other exclusive items including Broadway Show tickets, signed memorabilia and more.

The 13 participants in the BetterU Challenge, sponsored by Central Hudson Gas & Eleccarmack-video-imagetric Corporation, will also be celebrated at the event. Participants have been blogging about their healthy lifestyle challenge experience at http://blogs.poughkeepsiejournal.com/betteru/.

More than 80% of coronary events in women may be prevented with simple lifestyle changes, but prevention is hindered by the fact that many women don’t realize that heart disease is the number one killer of women—more than all cancers combined. For more than a decade, the Go Red For Women campaign has worked to close this knowledge gap and provide women with tools, resources and inspiration to build a healthier life.

Go Red For Women is sponsored nationally by Macy’s and locally by Signature Sponsors, The Heart Center, Vassar Brothers Medical Center, and Northern Dutchess Hospital.  Additional sponsors include Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corporation, Gold’s Gym, the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, The Grandview, and media sponsors, the Poughkeepsie Journal, Hudson Valley Magazine, and Q92. Geeta Gorwara and Dr. Simon K. Gorwara are serving as co-chairs of the Go Red For Women Luncheon.

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