VA Western New York Healthcare System
Go Red: From Heart to Heart, a creative fashion show featuring red hats was recently held at VA Western New York Healthcare System in Buffalo. The themed event helped increase awareness about heart disease and understanding of ways to help prevent heart disease and stroke.
WKBW-TV anchor Kendra Eaglin was mistress of ceremonies for this special event. Jill Lamantia, Women Veterans Program Manager at VA Western NY Healthcare System explained the connection between heart disease and stroke. Eaglin warned the audience that “heart disease is often associated with men, but actually kills more women each year and is more deadly than all forms of cancer. More people should have a better idea on how to take care of themselves and prevent this disease from happening.” Beth Henry, Health Promotion Disease Prevention Program Manager, and other health care professionals explained signs of a heart attack and prevention of heart disease with physical activity.
Eaglin shared how she keeps herself healthy and presented a video called Just A Little Heart Attack, which depicted someone who was having a heart attack but did not take it seriously enough.
Then came the fashion show. Models hit the runway wearing fashionable red hats, several of which had been created by the women who wore them. The fashion show was an enjoyable way to draw attention to a serious matter: Every 35 seconds there is a death due to a heart attack and 40 percent of people who have a heart attack do not survive. Both women and men should learn more about heart attacks and stroke to help lower their risk.
Judges of the best hats in the show were Tyrone D. Mcdowell of VA Western NY Healthcare system, Patricia Baxter of The Links Inc. Erie County Chapter, and Jo Ann Harig of the American Heart Association.
The event was presented by the Minority Veterans Program Committee, Women Veterans Advisory Committee, and The Links, Inc. Erie County Chapter.