Last night, Pittsburgh Magazine invited me to “Fashion With Compassion,” which benefited the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women. The event (held at the gorgeous Fairmont Hotel Pittsburgh) featured a fashion show, music, food, cocktails, fashion retailers and my personal favorite, WTAE anchor Ms. Sally Wiggin as emcee. Sally was gracious enough to take a picture with me, and we talked Twitter. (Follow her @sallywiggin4.) Then listen to her rap song.
100 percent of last night’s proceeds went to Go Red For Women. Heart disease can affect women of any age, so it’s important to take steps now to get healthy and stay healthy for life. I know that heart disease runs in my family so that’s a big reason why I stay active and run and do yoga. I did some research this morning and found some facts from the Women’s Heart Foundation:
- 8.6 million women die from heart disease every year
- 8 million women live with heart disease (35K are under the age of 65)
- 435K women have heart attacks annually
- 71% of women have early warning signs of heart attack (sudden extreme weakness often with no chest pain). Health pros are challenged to respond to milder symptoms and don’t have the best guidelines
- Nearly two-thirds of the deaths from heart attacks in women happen with no history of chest pain
- Women who smoke risk having a heart attack 19 years sooner than non-smokers
If you want to learn more about Go Red For Women, wear your red, and then visit http://www.goredforwomen.org/.
Last night, there was plenty of red!
Click one of the thumbnails below to browse through the rest of the photos from last night’s event.