The beautiful Kea Lani Resort was today’s venue for the American Heart Association‘s Go Red for Women Event. 250 men and women gathered to discuss the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and to educate women on the warnings signs of heart disease.
We enjoyed complimentary massages from the Spa at Kea Lani and bidding on handmade jewelry, gift baskets, art and Mahina gift certificates in the silent auction. The health expo which took place prior to the luncheon gave us the opportunity to learn about healthy eating, exercise and how taking care of our financial and emotional fitness was also key to decreasing stress levels.
I loved the healthy cooking demo by Chef Justin Pardo from Market Fresh Bistro in Makawao. He spoke about using local fresh ingredients for taste and health, how to make a sauce or condiment with produce and the benefits of olive oil. We enjoyed a delicious taste of salmon with brown rice accompanied by veggies from Kupa’a Farms.
During the lunch program, we heard about the startling statistics of heart disease in women and watched a video, which demonstrated in an entertaining way how women often ignore the warning signs, partly because we don’t know what they are and because we are too busy taking care of our families, neglecting our own health.
We also received life saving training and watched a video on hands only CPR, which consists of two steps, (1) Call 911 and (2) Push hard and fast in the center of the chest. These two simple steps done in the early aftermath of a heart incident could save someone’s life.
I urge everyone to watch these two videos posted here. The videos will make you laugh but more importantly could save your life or the life of your loved ones someday.
Heart disease survivors and Maui fireman walked the runway in fashions courtesy of Macy’s while we also heard their tales of survival. One of the survivor’s husbands spoke about his family’s experience with his wife’s two heart attacks in her 40s. There was not a dry house in the ballroom.
The ballroom was filled with men and women in their best red attire and red dress pins while a heart of tea lights glowed at the front of the ballroom. A light was lit during each minute of the luncheon to represent the lives of women which are lost at the same frequent pace from heart disease.
A big mahalo to A&B Foundation for inviting me to be a guest at their sponsor table.