Por Tus Amigas. Por Tu Familia. Go Red Por Tu Corazón. For Your Friends. For Your Family. Go Red For Your Heart.

Guest Blog By: Lisa Cruz, Director of Communications, American Heart Association

La familia is at the heart of the Hispanic community. Yet, our families are under attack. This threat has a weakness and that weakness lies in the power, passion and energy of Hispanic women to take charge of their health and the health of their loved ones.

100_1126American Heart Association launched the Go Red Por Tu Corazón movement to celebrate the spirit of Hispanic women as we band together to wipe out heart disease. As the number one cause of death for women and Hispanics, heart disease is our leading cause of death. But, together, we can make a difference for ourselves and our families.

The American Heart Association is thrilled to partner with Methodist Healthcare for the Go Red Por Tu Corazón Vestido Rojo health conference to bring awareness and hope to all women. Eighty percent of heart disease is preventable. For six years now, hundreds of women from across San Antonio have come together to share in a day of learning and inspiration. Whether it’s learning new, healthier ways to cook traditional foods, strategies for handling stress or fun ways to get active, Vestido Rojo is a day for us, as women, to take time for ourselves, which in turn helps our families and our community live happier and healthier.

This year, the event will feature health screenings, educational breakout sessions, a 100_1096physical activity interactive presentation, a healthy breakfast and lunch and Cardiologist Dr. Fernando Lopez as our keynote speaker. Time spent educating yourself on nutrition and healthier lifestyle choices is never time wrongly spent. If we all work together in an effort to eliminate heart disease and stroke, we will save the lives of our mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends.

Each year, Vestido Rojo has welcomed even more women and is expecting nearly 700 this year, making it the largest Vestido Rojo event in the country. That’s right, San Antonio women – mothers, grandmothers, daughters and friends – continue to stand side by side in the fight against heart disease. Join us Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 at the San Antonio Event Center and Go Red Por Tu Corazón.  To register, please call 210-617-2617 or email t-joise.moya@heart.org.

We would like to extend a special thank you to our sponsors of this year’s event, who have made the commitment to help San Antonio get healthy. Thank you to Methodist Healthcare, H-E-B, KONO, La Prensa and Univision Radio.

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