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We Go Red: Women’s Heart Health Luncheon Planned for Feb. 18

By Charleah Trombitas

Kent State University’s Division of Human Resources, along with the Women’s Center, is hosting a Women’s Heart Health Luncheon on Feb. 18 from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. Registration is required, and the cost of the event is $5.

The guest speaker at the event, Marc Streem, RN, is board-certified in cardiovascular nursing and a member of the University Hospital Portage Medical Center Speakers Bureau. Streem will share his expertise on “Women and Heart Disease” from more than 37 years of experience at University Hospital Medical Center.

Kim Hauge, manager for university wellness and healthy campus promotions, says this luncheon will help raise awareness on the risk of heart disease, an issue about which many women are not aware.

“This event aligns with Kent State’s wellness initiative and will bring students, faculty and staff together to learn about ways to prevent and detect heart disease,” Hauge says. “We want to bring attention to the myth that heart disease is a man’s disease, when heart disease is the number one killer in women.”

Jenna Brinker, graduate assistant at the Women’s Center, says she hopes this event will appeal to many women on campus.

“Working with human resources and having the opportunity to expand the scope of women we reach on campus aligns with our vision to champion health for all female-identifying individuals on campus,” Brinker says.

Streem will stress the differences in cardiac symptoms for men and women, and explain how each symptom should be handled.

“One in three women will be affected by heart disease, and it is important to us to bring awareness so women can take preventive measures and keep as healthy as possible,” Hauge says.

Brinker and Hauge worked together with Kent State’s Dining Services to create heart-healthy menu options.   

“We are not just serving a typical meal, we worked with Dining Services and Megan Cascaldo, campus dietitian, to create healthy options for our guests to choose from,” Brinker says. “This includes a delicious herb-roasted salmon option or a balsamic-roasted portabella mushroom with brown rice, quinoa and cranberry pilaf.” 

For more information about this luncheon or to register, visit http://tinyurl.com/KSUgoesRED