The Luncheon, held on Sept. 5, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the
Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center, educated Latinas
about the risk factors and symptoms of heart disease and stroke
and empower them to make small but significant lifestyle changes
in their own lives and in the lives of their families.
Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death for Latinas;
on average, Latinas are likely to develop heart disease 10 years
earlier than non-Latinas. Despite their risk, only 1 in 3 are
aware that heart disease is their No. 1 killer.
To address these issues, the American Heart Association established
Go Red por tu Corazón to meet the unique needs of
Latinas, and men who love them, by building on the strong ties
to family and cultural traditions.
“Heart disease is the number one killer of women and yet we never
talk about it,” said Elaina Hernández, who is the Go
Red por tu Corazón chairwoman and director of El Corazón
de México Ballet Folklorico, instructor at Zumba Fitness,
and leader at the Believe Center Inc. “We, Latinas, are
too busy helping our children, partners and family that we
forget to take time for ourselves. Go Red por tu Corazón
reminds us to self-care and start/restart healthy life
The Go Red por tu Corazón Luncheon featured a health &
wellness expo, fitness activities, cooking demos and survivor
stories from the local Latina community. Go Red por tu
Corazón is sponsored nationally by CVS Health and locally by
Photo courtesy of the American Heart Association and
photographer Diana Clayton from Swatch Studios.