Church to host Go Red For Women event

February 16, 2013

Portia Williams

PDT Staff Writer

The women of Allen Chapel Church of Christ in South Shore, Ky. are going red. Allen Chapel is working in conjunction with the American Heart Association’s national Go Red for Women campaign.

The church will open its doors for the event Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 at 10 a.m. and the festivities will run until 2 p.m.

Megan Boggs is the scheduled speaker for the event. Boggs holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Morehead State University in Exercise Science and is currently working to be a doctor in the field of Physical Therapy.

“Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, and we just want to get the word out there and let women know about the risk factors that they have out there,” Boggs said.

According to the American Heart Association, in 2004, cardiovascular disease claimed the lives of nearly 500,000 American women.

Therefore, AHA created the Go Red For Women campaign to raise awareness of heart disease and to inform women of how it serves as the No. 1 killer of women.

Go Red For Women campaigns are launched in February each year around the United States by women’s organizations to educate women about heart disease and how to avoid it.

Boggs will speak to the group about the importance of diet and exercise for the prevention of heart disease.

“We just want to get the word out there, and let women know about the risk factors that they have out there,” Boggs said.

Boggs also said she wanted to encourage women to take control of the things that they can change in their lives, particularly their willingness to be active and exercise and live healthy lives.

According to the AHA, only 55 percent of women realize heart disease is their No. 1 killer and less than half know what are considered healthy levels for cardiovascular risk factors like blood pressure and cholesterol. The Go Red For Women movement works to make sure women know they are at risk so they can take action to protect their health.

The event is open to all women and each participant is asked to wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

Participants should also bring two small canned goods which will be used in an exercise, and then donated to Greenup County High School’s food pantry at the participant’s discretion.

Registration for Go Red For Women at Allen Chapel Church of Christ, which is located at 64 Allen Chapel Rd. in South Shore, Ky., is required. To RSVP call 606-932-6235.

Portia Williams may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 286 or portiawilliams@civitasmedia.com.