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National Wear Red Day is Feb. 1: Celebrate heart health and raise awareness for cardiovascular disease

National Wear Red Day is Friday, Feb. 1. Put on your favorite red shirt, dress or scarf to celebrate heart health and raise awareness for cardiovascular disease. Looking for something fun to do on Friday evening? Head to the "Red Wine Sip" 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, Friday's event is sponsored by the pink and green ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Rho Rho Omega chapter. Read more here.

Friday, Feb. 1. is also the deadline to register for the Go Red for Women event at CSU on Feb. 8. Learn more about that event at A heart-healthy reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and the event starts at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 at CSU's Cunningham Center, 3100 Gentian Blvd. Call 706-610-2701 to register or learn more. Cost is $7. The keynote speaker for the event is Maj. Yolanda Gray-Davis, MD, family physician in the US Army. Other special guests include Beth Bussey, oncology dietitian at Columbus Regional Healthcare System; Gail Graci Hartman, Pharmacy manager at Walmart/Sam's Club; and Alicia Tatum Bryan, Wellness Coordinator at Columbus State University.

The Heart Truth for Women luncheon, hosted by St. Francis is set for Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the St. Luke Ministry Center. National dietitian Zonya Foco will educate and motivate women to get heart healthy with her nutrition games, fun food facts and inspirational stories. The event is 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and tickets cost $25. Attendees are asked to wear red to the luncheon. Find more information at

Want more information about heart health events and steps you can take to lower your risk for heart disease? Pick up a copy of the March issue of her magazine. Read stories from the magazine at

Get some simple tips on how to lower your risk of heart disease from St. Francis cardiologist Dr. Rajinder Chhokar at

Learn to prepare a simple, 20-minute heart-healthy dinner from dietitian Beth Bussey, who works at the John B. Amos Cancer Center. She shares some of her best recipes on pages 36-37 and online at