February 9, 2009
09-023

Kate Elliot
Communications Specialist

VSU Hosts Heart-Healthy Breakfast

VALDOSTA - In support of American Heart Month, Valdosta State University Campus Wellness and the local American Heart Association are hosting a Take Heart Celebration starting at 8 a.m. Friday, February 20, in the University Center Magnolia Room.

Participants will receive a V-State sports bag filled with goodies as they check-in from 8-8:30 a.m., then enjoy a heart-healthy breakfast for $2 or a meal swipe and healthy cooking demonstrations. Starting at about 8:45 a.m., guest speakers - including Pam Powell, a cardiac nurse at South Georgia Medical Center - will share personal stories and the latest research about women's heart health. Organizers will pass out door prizes, including a Curves membership and spa packages, during the event. People interested in attending the Take Heart Celebration should register by Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the Campus Wellness Web site, www.valdosta.edu/finadmin/wellness/.

VSU has sponsored a number of events throughout February as part of the "Go Red for Women" campaign, a national movement founded by the American Heart Association to fight back against the No. 1 killer of American women. During the week of February 3, Campus Dining offered low-fat and low-sodium options at Palms Dining Facility. VSU faculty, staff and students raised money and awareness by participating in the American Heart Association's Wear Red day on Friday, February 6.

For more information about VSU's Go Red for Women campaign events, contact Jennifer Gill, Campus Wellness Event Coordinator at 245-2239. The Campus Wellness Web site, www.valdosta.edu/finadmin/wellness, will feature the latest information about the February 20 event.

Make Go Red For Women last a lifetime. Read about healthy heart exercises, meal options, and the latest research at GoRedForWomen.org.