Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Fun event raises awareness, supports women’s heart health

Annual "Food for a Woman's Heart" luncheon features special guest Marie Pearl, recent contestant on NBC’s "The Biggest Loser"

According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death in women. Yet with proper diet and lifestyle changes, it is largely preventable. During CoxHealth’s annual Food for a Woman’s Heart luncheon, women can learn how to reduce their risk.

This year the event, which raises money for the CoxHealth Foundation’s Cardiology Services Fund, will feature special guest Marie Pearl. Pearl, who recently competed on NBC’s The Biggest Loser, will participate in a red dress fashion show, and share her story of developing a healthy lifestyle – and a healthier heart. 

Food for a Woman’s Heart also includes a delicious meal from Touch Restaurant, a bag raffle, an auction of heart-shaped boxes filled with goodies by local female celebrities, and a lively talk about heart health with vascular surgeon Dr. Robert Vorhies. The event is Thursday, Feb. 20, at Touch Restaurant, 1620 E. Republic Road, in Springfield. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. 

Tickets are $20 per person for general admission, or $25 for VIP seating. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the CoxHealth Foundation at 269-7150 or visit