Dutchess-Ulster, NY Go Red for Women Luncheon advances wellness

Mara and Danielle in front of AHA logo
Mara Schiavocampo with Go Red for Women Director Danielle Schuka

More than 300 people came together at Poughkeepsie’s Grandview on Friday, November 8th to be relentless in support of women’s health. The event — which was chaired by Denise Doring VanBuren of Central Hudson Gas & Electric — included a keynote speech by Mara Schiavocampo of the Dr. Oz show, wellness showcase, a talk about the link between heart disease and diabetes, the annual PURSEonality auction, and a heart-healthy luncheon. The 2019 class of BetterU participants enjoyed makeovers that capped their weeks-long journey toward improved cardiovascular health and wellness.

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American Heart Association – Eastern States Board Chair David Ping attended the luncheon

American Heart Association – Eastern States Board Chair David Ping attended the event. “I’m here to support the Go Red for Women movement, and the women in my life. When it comes to cardiac disease, we want to be sure that women are getting every opportunity for appropriate healthcare.” said Ping.

Dr. Sunny Intwala gave a talk sponsored by Nuvance Health “The Link Between Heart Disease and Diabetes,” focused on ensuring women understand risk and prevention, especially linked to diabetes.

Intwala, who noted that his career has been informed in part by American Heart Association grants that he received while an undergraduate student and during medical school, emphasized the importance of educating people to action. “The American Heart Association is a wonderful platform to engage the community both locally and nationally,” said Intwala.

Dr. Sunny Intwala is pictured with a #GoRedHV sign
Dr. Sunny Intwala spoke about women, heart disease, diabetes, risk and prevention

“Heart disease in women is under-diagnosed and under-treated,” said Intwala. “Knowledge is power. Women need to know the symptoms of heart disease, and talk to their doctors.”

Intwala added that lifestyle modifications such as eating better and moving more matter, particularly for people who have diabetes. “75% of diabetics die of some form of heart disease,” said Intwala.

Anna Wray of Fishkill, NY who attended Dr. Intwala’s talk said she learned that lowering blood pressure “by 5 digits” makes an impact as does “intensity level of exercise.”

Joe Daily and Michelle Taylor of Q92
Joe and Michelle emceed the event


The luncheon was emceed by Joe Daily and Michelle Taylor of Q92. Passion speakers were Susan Pagones of Antalek and Moore Insurance Agency, and Diane Pawenski and Jennifer Pawenski of the Chazen Companies.

The luncheon program’s big reveal moment came when BetterU participants shared their personal wellness journey statements, and proudly showed off their red dresses on stage. The women focused on knowing their numbers, risk, and modifying their lifestyles to improve overall cardiac health.


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