The American Heart Association will hold its 2022 New Hampshire Go Red for Women® Luncheon on April 20th at the Hanover Inn Dartmouth. The Association’s signature event is designed to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death for women in the United States, as well as generate funds for lifesaving cardiovascular research.
Emceed by Local 22 and Local 44 Anchor Courtney Kramer, the main speaking program starting at noon will feature an inspiring survivor story, a special keynote address, and an expert panel discussion where guests can ask local cardiologists their heart-health questions.
Dr. Cynthia Taub, Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine section at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Professor of Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine, will provide the keynote address. Dr. Taub will highlight women’s risk factors and, in particular, how stress can increase women’s risk for developing heart disease. She will also offer suggestions on how woman can improve their heart health.
Prior to the main program, two educational breakout sessions and an exciting silent auction will be held. At 10:00 AM, guests can choose between two sessions. One will feature Dr. Kerrilynn Hennessey, a Dartmouth Hitchcock cardiologist and Co-director of the Cardio-obstetrics consultation service which provides specialized care for women experiencing cardiovascular disease during pregnancy and beyond. The other session will provide an overview of the cardiovascular benefits of yoga and meditation. Maeghan Finnigan, Studio Owner, Director of the studio yoga + fitness, will provide an interactive session sharing her passion for yoga, fitness, and helping others achieve their goals.
Johanna L. Beliveau, DNP, MBA, RN, and President and Chief Executive Officer, Visiting Nurse and Hospice for VT and NH, is the Chair of the Go Red for Women campaign in New Hampshire. Beliveau and the Go Red for Women Executive Leadership Team have set a goal to raise $110,000 to support the Association’s lifesaving work. “It’s not just about wearing red. It’s not just about sharing heart-health facts. It’s about all women standing together with Go Red for Women — because 1 in 3 women die from cardiovascular diseases and losing even one woman is too many,” said Beliveau.
Go Red for Women launched in 2004 to empower women to reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease, which continues to be the leading killer and is on the rise in younger women. However, the majority of cardiac events may be prevented. To protect their health, women should understand family health history, know their numbers – the five key personal health numbers that help determine risk for heart disease: total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index – and make lifestyle changes like moving more, eating smart and managing their blood pressure.
The New Hampshire Go Red for Women Luncheon is sponsored nationally by CVS Health and locally by Visiting Nurse and Hospice for VT and NH, Mascoma Bank, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, New Hampshire Business Review, New Hampshire Magazine, Great Eastern Radio and Local 22 and Local 44.