On Feb. 11, Woman’s Day honored those who have made significant contributions in the fight against heart disease—the No. 1 killer of women today—with the Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards to benefit the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women.
The 2014 Red Dress Awards were held at The Allen Room at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. Actress and performer Rita Wilson hosted the evening and shared a special musical performance with the audience. The evening also featured Grammy Award nominee Sara Bareilles and an additional musical performance by Judith Hill.
Woman’s Day honored The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, which received an award in recognition for its work improving heart health by fighting childhood obesity; President Bill Clinton, Founder of the Clinton Foundation, accepted the award on the organization’s behalf. In addition, Jennie Garth received the Campbell Soup Company’s Healthy Heart Award.
Other Red Dress Award recipients included Michelle Albert, M.D. professor and chief of cardiovascular medicine and director of cardiovascular research at Howard University; Martine Reardon, chief marketing officer at Macy’s; and Mildred Rodriguez, WomenHeart Champion.
The event also celebrated the achievements of six women who participated in the magazine’s first Live Longer & Stronger Challenge. The six month program involved NBC’s “TODAY Show” nutrition and health expert, Joy Bauer, who offered participants individual nutrition counseling and guidance.
Hoda Kotb, co-host of the fourth hour of NBC’s “TODAY” also attended and presented the musical performances.
Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association, joined Go Red For Women celebrity spokesperson Star Jones before the event to discuss goals for the next decade, including expanding the effort to women around the globe.
“We’ve made tremendous progress during our first 10 years of Go Red For Women, and we’re working to accomplish even more over the next decade,” Brown said. “We want all women to immediately connect the color red with heart health and remember that ‘going red’ is about living healthy for themselves and their families. Right now, only about 50 percent of women are aware that heart disease is their No. 1 killer. Our goal is to increase awareness and inspire more women to take the steps needed to prevent their leading health threat.”
Learn how you can help prevent heart disease in your life today with Go Red For Women.
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