Heart Fund hopes to see loads of red next month

Fund supports national awareness campaign for women about heart disease

The Cayman Heart Fund will hold its second annual Learn and Live Red Dress Luncheon on Friday, 4 March as part of Heart Smart Week to promote heart disease awareness among women.

The organisation is also inviting staff and students of businesses and schools to take part in Red Dress Down Day and make a donation to the Cayman Heart Fund on 4 March.

“The Red Dress is the national symbol to bring awareness that cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in women. I hope our community will show its support by battling cardiovascular disease together,” said Dr. Sook Yin, medical director of the Fund and organiser of the Heart Smart Week.

Guest speaker at the luncheon, at which attendees are encouraged to wear red, will be Dr. Nancy Eklund, founder of the Miami Center for Holistic Healing, who will give a presentation on Stress, Hormones and Heart Disease in Women.

Dr. Eklund, a board certified family physician, practises a combination of traditional medicine with herbal remedies, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, hypnosis, and mind-body therapy.

She focuses on topics such as menopause, stress, women’s health, sexuality, and patient-doctor communications, and co-authors multimedia education programmes that educate healthcare providers about domestic violence.

After Dr. Eklund’s presentation, registered dietician Kristin Tobin of Seven Mile Clinic will provide nutritional tips for a heart healthy diet.

Dr. Yin said the Cayman Heart Fund “is committed to support The Heart Truth Campaign, a national awareness campaign for women about heart disease.

By conducting educational lunches specially dedicated to raising awareness, we hope to reach out to more ladies and provide them with knowledge and tools to help identify and prevent cardiovascular disease.

“Women, generally being caregivers, always ignore or deny their own symptoms as they are always too busy looking after everyone else. Dr. Eklund will empower our attendees with her presentation and get this message across.

We anticipate this year’s luncheon will sell out as it did last year.”

Tickets for a raffle to win pieces by Princess W Jewelers designed specially to support this cause will be sold at the luncheon, and Every Bloomin’ Thing has donated floral centrepieces, which will be won by a guest from each table at the end of the luncheon.

The Learn and Live Red Dress Luncheon will be held at the Grand Old House from noon-2pm.Tickets cost $50 and include a three-course lunch and beverage. Tables of 10 are also available for $450.

For tickets to the luncheon and information on Red Dress Down Day, contact Charmaine Moss at 516-7323 or email [email protected]