On the Town: Event benefits American Heart Association

On the Town: Event benefits American Heart Association

On Feb. 17, more than 200 people attended the American Heart Association Go Red for Women Luncheon at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign. The luncheon featured a health and wellness expo, silent auction and a Go Red fashion show sponsored by Macy's.

Chancellor Phyllis Wise spoke about the advancements of diagnosing, treating heart disease in women, and also moving women to choose healthier lifestyles. Jodi Ullrich spoke about her own experience surviving one of the deadliest types of heart attacks, the "widow-maker." She urged women to pay attention to their bodies, take care of themselves and seek screenings if there is a history of cardiovascular disease in their family, as there was in her case.

The money raised at the Go Red for Women Luncheon will be used to support the mission of the American Heart Association, which is to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20 percent by the year 2020. The mission is fulfilled through advocacy, public health education and research. Currently, there are 25 American Heart Association-funded research studies at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana totaling more than $2,812,000.

To learn more about this event and organization, contact Kristina Oncken-Cortez, corporate development director at the American Heart Association Midwest Affiliate in Champaign, at Kristina.cortez@heart.org.

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