Tuesday 21 Oct 2014

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Star-studded Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards honor fight against women’s heart disease

Published: 1:41 pm CDT, February 11, 2014

Actress and producer Rita Wilson will host Woman’s Day magazine’s 2014 Red Dress Awards, honoring those who have advanced the fight against heart disease – the No. 1 killer of women.

The awards presentation — Tuesday evening at Lincoln Center in New York — benefits the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women program.

Honorees include former President Bill Clinton, who will accept the award on behalf of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation’s work in combatting childhood obesity. In addition, actress Jennie Garth will receive the Campbell Soup Company’s Healthy Heart Award.

Other Red Dress Award recipients include 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 will celebrate the achievements of six women who participated in the magazine’s first Live Longer & Stronger Challenge. The six month program involved “Today Show” nutrition and health expert Joy Bauer, who offered participants individual nutrition counseling and guidance.

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.”