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Lubbock Go Red For Women Luncheon

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The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women® Luncheon is teaming up with Emmy-nominated actress Elizabeth Banks to share the truth about the No. 1 killer of women. More women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined. Unfortunately, heart disease is often silent, hidden and misunderstood.  That's why Go Red For Women is asking the women of Lubbock to participate in the Annual Go Red for Women Health Fair and Luncheon on Thursday, April 19, 2012, to make ending heart disease a reality.

Currently some eight million women in the U.S. are living with heart disease, yet only one in six women believes that heart disease is her greatest health threat. In fact, 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.

On Thursday, April 19, 2012, Lubbock women and men are invited to participate in the 2012 Lubbock Go Red For Women Luncheon at the Overton Hotel & Conference Center. From 9:30 – 11:30 am, the American Heart Association and Covenant Health System will host a Heart Health Fair with free health screenings from over 20 vendors including BMI, cholesterol, blood sugar and body fat percentage, health information, giveaways and opportunity to Shop Red. The Go Red For Women Luncheon will follow from 11:30am – 1pm with a Survivor Style Show and a presentation led by the Presenting Speaker, Sharyn Ivory. 

Elizabeth Banks Stars in ‘Just a Little Heart Attack" and New PSA

Emmy-nominated actress Elizabeth Banks directs and stars in the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women new public service announcement and short film, "Just a Little Heart Attack," inspired by the real-life stories of women who have been affected by heart disease. The entertaining, yet poignant film, which can be viewed on Facebook.com/GoRed, provides a powerful wake-up call to women across America to understand their risk for heart disease and empower them to put their health first. 

"While the film is funny, having a heart attack is not something to be laughed at," said Banks.  "However, I'm using humor to help uncover the truth about heart disease, to get people interested in learning more about their hearts – and our movement."

Be the Difference

The American Heart Association is asking women and men to take action by participating in this year's Go Red For Women Luncheon on Thursday, April 19th. Women and men can support of the cause, learn more about their personal risk of heart disease, and participate in free heart health screens. Please visit heart.org/lubbocktxgoredluncheon for more details and to purchase tickets. 

The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement is nationally sponsored by Macy's and Merck & Co., Inc.  and locally sponsored by Covenant Health System and Suddenlink Communications.

About Go Red For Women

Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association's national movement, created by women, for women, dedicated to uncovering the truth about women and heart disease: heart disease can kill you or a woman you love.  With more women dying of cardiovascular disease than the next three causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer, we are committed to fighting this No. 1 killer that is preventable. GoRedForWomen.org, a premier source of information and education, connects millions of women of all ages and gives them tangible resources to turn personal choices into life-saving actions. We encourage women and the men who love them to embrace the cause. For more information please visit GoRedForWomen.org or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278). The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement is nationally sponsored by Macy's and Merck & Co., Inc, with additional support from our cause sponsors.

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Our mission is to build healthier lives by preventing, treating and defeating these diseases – America's No. 1 and No. 3 killers. We fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit americanheart.org.

Consumer Inquiries:

The American Heart Association

1-800-AHA-USA1; or visit americanheart.org and goredforwomen.org

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