The Go Red For Women movement’s fashion sense focuses on red shoes at “Heels for Hearts” events during American Heart Month. These fun fashion shows draw attention to women at their very best – with fashion tips, makeup advice and healthy lifestyle choices all part of the mix.
National Go Red sponsors Macy’s and Merck joined forces with our division offices to host “Heels for Hearts” at shopping malls in California’s Greater Bay Area and Los Angeles. Health screenings and educational materials are included to help attendees understand heart disease and stroke risk and remind women that they have the power to beat their No. 1 health threat.
In Los Angeles on Feb. 2, a few men even joined the strut down the runway at Beverly Center to show off their favorite red footwear. It was the second annual “Heels for Hearts” event, also presented by local Go Red sponsor Huntington Hospital. Entertainer Sheila E and comedian Buddy Lewis, pictured here, emceed the program that preceded the strut.
Speakers included Los Angeles division board members Vyshali Rao, M.D., of Huntington Hospital and Gabriela Teissier of Univision; Jonathan Dembinski, store manager of Macy’s at Beverly Center; and local volunteer Daryl Evans, a former Los Angeles Kings player. Lifestyle blogger Sharzad Kiadeh, Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist Stephanie Frederic and entertainment mogul Master P were the strut judges.
Olympic Gold Medal swimmer Dana Vollmer was among the “fashionistas” featured in the San Jose event held at Oakridge Mall on national Wear Red Day, Feb. 3. Dana, who is training for the 2012 London Olympics, battled a heart defect called Long QT Syndrome and has become a passionate volunteer for the American Heart Association.
In addition to foot fashion, the Feb. 11 event in Antioch’s Somerville Town Center, featured tips on preventing heart and stroke risk through diet and exercise. Local Go Red sponsor John Muir Health was part of the program. And in San Francisco on Valentine’s Day, the inaugural “Go Red Strut” was hosted by Macy’s in Union Square.