On February 12, over 650 women and men dressed in red to celebrate American Heart Association's 2016 Go Red For Women Luncheon at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Our sponsors, donors and volunteers raised nearly $300,000 to invest in lifesaving research, education, and advocacy efforts to build healthier lives, free from heart disease and stroke
The pre-luncheon Festival of Red offered guests many healthy and fun activities including free health screenings, healthy cooking demos and fitness tracker giveaways. Attendees joined a fitness challenge, sampled heart-healthy food and learned about how to improve and monitor their health every day. The event left a lasting impression on all who attended and will continue to build momentum in creating a culture of health in Southern New England.
The campaign was chaired by Shantha Diaz, COO of Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, whose personal story of prevention inspired guests. This year’s luncheon theme was "Prevention is Better Than Cure" and the speaking program highlighted healthy life choices and awareness integral to preventing heart disease. Shantha was followed by a very uplifting and life-changing story by Lauriann DeSousa, a heart attack survivor who is now preparing to run her first 50K. The featured keynote speaker was Jane Esselstyn, pioneer of the plant-based diet movement and co- author of "The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook." Jane's interactive presentation had guests laughing and ready to incorporate more vegetables and fruits into their diets.
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