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The 2009 Go Red for Women movement was launched Tuesday (7/28) in Springfield. The American Heart Association campaign aims to raise awareness of heart disease in an effort to save lives. KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more…
At a press conference today, the local sponsor for the movement was announced. Springfield Trust and Investment Company has signed a 3-year, $30,000 agreement to be the local cause sponsor for Go Red for Women.A major local component of the campaign is the Go Red for Women Luncheon, which will be held September 17th at the Ramada Oasis Inn and Convention Center in Springfield. Guest speakers will be Dr. Kathy LeMon, an independent clinical psychologist and a contract provider for St. Johns’ Hammons Heart Institute and Dr. Aparna Cherla, a cardiologist at CoxHealth.Dr. LeMon will talk about “Good Medicine, A Cheerful Heart…”
"The literature is clear that individuals who tend to have a positive look on life will actually fare better in life by 20%, and so what I want to do is offer a different perspective to folks who are frightened or they feel helpless or hopeless and offer them to get beyond the point where they are."
Dr. Cherla will talk about how stress contributes to heart disease and what measures can be taken to decrease the health risks associated with stress.She says, since 1999, there has been a greater than 25% reduction in the incidents of coronary heart disease. According to Dr. Cherla, there are several reasons for that trend…
"One is increased awareness of heart disease. Previously, heart disease was supposed to be a disease of men. Now we know women are more aware of it. Second thing is we have better drugs--a lot of research that went on into this. We have better drugs to treat it and to diagnose it at an earlier stage than before."
She says both men and women need to eat a healthy diet and exercise. Smokers need to quit, and those with high blood pressure or diabetes need to manage their illnesses.According to Dr. Cherla, the Go Red for Women movement is an important tool in the fight against heart disease.To learn more about the campaign, visit www.goredforwomen.org.To purchase tickets, call the American Heart Association at 881-1129 or Springfield Trust and Investment Co. at 883-3838.