American Heart Association Hosts Drop Red Gorgeous Fashion Show Featuring Models Personally Affected by Heart Disease
The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) hosted the Drop Red Gorgeous Fashion Show from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on February 17, 2018 at the Wellshire Event Center, 3333 S Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO. Xposer Magazine and Fashion Forward were on the scene to support the cause.
The fashion event featured models who have been personally affected by heart diseases and stroke. The overarching theme and personal stories shared encouraged attendees to take charge of their heart health. Heart disease knows no age or body type. The event enlightened show goers by sharing women’s life changing experiences that the runway models have experienced. Debra Takahara was the emcee of the show and often paused as guests wiped away tears during the showcase.
“You have to take care of the ship so that you can take care of the crew,” shared Saundra Beaird who knew she was at risk of heart disease due to family history. She was diagnosed with high cholesterol and collapsed at work with a severe case of SVT. Two heart procedures and a daughter later, she spreads awareness by speaking on behalf of the AHA. Saundra’s daughter Jetta joined her on the runway and twirled across the catwalk as she walked beside her mother.
The “Go Red For Women” movement strives to end heart disease and stroke in women because it’s not just a man’s disease. In fact, more women than men die every year from heart disease and stroke. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Go Red For Women advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power women have to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease and stroke. It challenges them to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them the tools they need to lead a heart-healthy life.
“It is easy to assume heart disease is for a certain age bracket. I saw women, children and survivors of all ages raising awareness today,” shares Fashion Editor Jessica of Fashion Forward. Jessica was alarmed at how many women who live very active lifestyles and some who even consider themselves “health nuts” were surprised by a heart incident early on in life.
February is American Heart Month and is a federally designated event that reminds Americans to focus on their hearts and get their families, friends and communities involved in heart health. Heart diseases and stroke are the number one and number five killers of all Americans. On average, someone dies of cardiovascular diseases every 38 seconds. Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives each year than all forms of cancer combined.
If you or someone you know is affected by heart disease visit www.goredforwomen.org for resources, warning signs, volunteer opportunities and support.
Written By: Jessica Montour
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