The 100 Day Challenge, Day 16:

Today was the annual Go Red for Women event in Vermont- the annual fundraiser for the American Heart Association.  This was my fifth time and the event, and it never ceases to inspire me.  I still remember the first time my eyes were opened to the facts on heart disease and women- and age being no barrier- heart disease is the #1 killer of women and even more than all types of cancer combined.  Each year we hear a story straight from a survivor and this year we had the opportunity to learn more about how heart attacks and strokes happen differently for men and women.

This event is so important because it really raises your awareness, and in today’s case, taught you CPR, if you decided to go to the quick 1/2 hour workshop.  By attending you had the opportunity to learn something that could save your life and the lives of countless others you come in contact with on a daily basis.  The AHA even has a CPR Anytime kit which can teach you CPR in your home.  I have enjoyed bringing my daughter to the event for several years and she is now inspired with sharing the information she has learned with other teen girls.

If you have the opportunity to attend a Go Red event in your area, please do.  If not (or in addition to!) check out the AHA’s website for a whole bunch of enlightening information on heart disease.  Educating yourself could save your life.