Indoor Walk, Go Red Luncheon promote heart health .

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Scores of walkers dug their way out of the snow to participate this morning in the Rome Indoor Heart Walk, held at Rome Free Academy, 95 Dart Circle.

Participants were raising funds and awareness in the fight against heart disease as well as work to promote heart health.

On Friday, for the fifth year in a row, the American Heart Association hosted the Rome Go Red for Women Luncheon, sponsored by Rome Memorial Hospital, to bring awareness of heart disease and to promote women’s heart health.

This year’s event was held at the Teugega Country Club. An intense winter storm couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of attendees, who came together on their mission to fight heart disease.

The luncheon featured Passion Speaker Kelley Uvanni, who shared the impact of losing her grandmother to heart disease and how it shaped her own healthy lifestyle. Keynote speaker Jaclyn Davidson, owner of SWEAT CNY, shared some of the simple changes people can make to live a healthier life.

The luncheon was led by Chairwoman Jennifer Keida, president and CEO of Standing Insulating Co.

“Our goal today is that you help us break the silence and change the tide about the devastating impact heart disease is having on our families, our communities and on women in particular,” said Keida. “One in three. That’s the price women pay for cardiovascular disease. One in three women will die of cardiovascular disease. That’s a third of our mothers, sisters and friends. It’s time to change this fact.”

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined. Someone you know and love may be affected – at any age, the American Heart Association said, adding that while nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented through education and lifestyle changes, cardiovascular diseases continue to be a woman’s greatest health threat.

To treat, beat and prevent heart disease and stroke, women should understand family health history, know their five key personal health numbers to help determine risk and make healthy behavior changes like moving more, eating smart and managing blood pressure, the American Heart Association added.

The event is sponsored national by CVS Health and locally by First Source Federal Credit Union, Rome Memorial Hospital, Northwestern Mutual DBJ Wealth Management, Uvanni Motors, Excellus BluCross BlueShield, Gates Cole Insurance, Hazen B. Hinman Sr. Foundation, Professional Media Services, and Lite 98.7/Townsquare Media.

In addition to the Go Red for Women event, dozens of area landmarks, buildings and businesses across the region will be lit in red or have healthy heart displays this February to help raise awareness to women’s heart health.