NORWALK, CONNECTICUT – This year’s American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Luncheon is focusing on building healthier families. The women’s heart health awareness and education event is set for May 4th at the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa. Tickets are available online at http://westfairgoredluncheon.heart.org.Dr David Katz

This year’s keynote speaker is Connecticut-based David Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, who is recognized internationally as an authority on evidence-based, integrative medicine. Dr. Katz is a clinician, researcher, author, novelist, inventor, poet, journalist, and media personality. He is recognized globally for expertise in nutrition, weight management and the prevention of chronic disease. He has appeared on national television and radio programs and has been acclaimed by colleagues as the “poet laureate of health promotion.” His focus in the areas of lifestyle interventions for health promotion; nutrient profiling; behavior modification; holistic care; and evidence-based medicine has made him one of the most influential people in health and fitness in the U.S., with a social media reach of over half a million followers.

“The facts are clear: heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year – more than all cancers combined. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action,” said Katz.

“It’s important that women learn about preventing heart disease, the number one killer of women. They need to take care of themselves first and then they will be healthy enough to take care of their families. It’s just like what they say on the airplane—put your oxygen mask on first, then help others. It’s the same thing,” he said.

“We want women to take advantage of the Well-Woman Visit, an annual check-up that can provide personal health information and help assess risk factors for heart disease and stroke before they happen,” said Katz, “Don’t wait. Work out a prevention plan with your doctor. That appointment will be easier than the one with the emergency room doctor.”

The Go Red For Women Luncheon event is set for May 4th at the Stamford Marriott. For luncheon ticket or sponsor information, please contact Deena Kaye, Go Red For Women Director at Deena.kaye@heart.org or by phone at 203-295-2941 or visit http://westfairgoredluncheon.heart.org.

Go Red For Women is sponsored nationally by Macy’s and locally by Stamford Hospital, Signature Sponsor; and White Plains Hospital, Greenwich Hospital, Fuji, and Morgan Stanley; and media sponsors WHUD, Westchester Magazine, WestFair Communications, Buzz Creators, and Westchester Healthcare Newspaper.

Buzz Creators, a new media sponsor for Go Red, will be hosting a social media booth at the Luncheon where guests can be photographed and share their images with the hashtag #WFGoRed to help share the lifesaving messages of Go Red For Women with their friends on social media.

Macy’s, the founding national sponsor of Go Red For Women, is the presenting sponsor of the Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection. Macy’s has raised more than $55 million through the generosity and commitment of Macy’s associates and customers, which has helped fund women’s heart health research and education.

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