Red Wine Sip: Learn to protect your heart at Feb. 1 fundraiser

What could be more relaxing than sipping wine, nibbling on heavy hors d'oeuvres and listening to live jazz music? The fact that it's for a good cause -- fighting heart disease in women -- makes it even better. The event is the second annual "Red Wine Sip" on Friday, Feb. 1, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at the Hughston Foundation, 100 First Court, just off Veterans Parkway.

Celebrating 10 years of Go Red for Women Day by the American Heart Association, it is sponsored by the pink and green ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Rho Rho Omega chapter. It promises to be an enjoyable, relaxing evening. Organizers are asking men and women to wear red to the event.

Tickets for this event are $20, and can be purchased by calling 770-883-3332 or seeing any Rho Rho Omega member, said spokeswoman Smithie Vaughn.

The purpose of the event is to celebrate heart health, to draw attention to heart disease -- the number one killer of women -- and to raise funds for the American Heart Association. This falls in line with the national health initiatives of Alpha Kappa Alpha, and represents one day when the pink and green ladies will wear red, Vaughn joked.

The Heart Association and the Rho Rho Omega chapter are promoting the following five ways to love your heart:

1. Be active: The American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a day.

2. Eat smart: Enjoy a diet low in sodium, saturated fat and transfat, and rich in fruits, vegetables, fiber-rich whole grains, and monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat.

3. Evaluate your risk: Age, gender, race/ethnicity, family history and other medical conditions can all increase your risk of developing heart disease.

Know which factors affect you and what you can do to reduce them.

4. Listen to your heart: When warning signs pop up, pay attention to them. By visiting a doctor early, your chances of avoiding a serious condition increase.

5. Know the facts: Read up on heart disease. By knowing about the culprit, you will be better prepared to help prevent and fight it.

"We want this to be a number one priority for women -- love your heart and take care of yourself," Vaughn said.

"We as women take care of everyone but ourselves," Vaughn said, adding that every woman should "know her numbers." The numbers include your blood cholesterol level, your blood pressure, your fasting glucose level, your body mass index and your waist circumference.

"If you have too much body fat, especially around the waist area, you're at higher risk for heart problems," Vaughn said. And, having diabetes can increase your risk of heart disease two to four times. You should visit your health-care provider to learn your numbers, and monitor them regularly.

Visit GoRedForWomen.org for heart health tools, tips and information.


WHAT: Red Wine Sip for Heart Health

WHEN: 7-10:30 p.m. Feb. 1

WHERE: Hughston Foundation, 100 First Court

TICKETS: $20. Call 770-883-3332 or see any Rho Rho Omega member