The American Heart Association’s ‘Go Red for Women’ luncheon brought 300 women together for educational sessions on heart health promotion, for empowerment about heart disease and the choices they can make to prevent it, and to raise funds for research.

    Speakers included survivor and national Go Red spokesperson, Patricia Henderson; co-chairs Donna Martin and Michelle Esswein, and keynote speaker Kathleen Passanisi.

    Brenda Newberry, 2010 chair, warned that the symptoms of heart disease are very subtle for women.  “Listen to your body, and if something is unusual, see your physician,” she advised.  “You have choices.  Know your numbers (blood pressure, cholesterol levels, weight) and become the CEO of your life.”

    By popular demand, Passanisi’s return appearance brought humor and advise to the audience on how to manage change in their lives.  “Play with the hand you are dealt and substitute the word growth for change.”

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