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Debbie Daugherty, a certified group fitness instructor with St. Anthony's Medical Center, leads women during a chair yoga program at the Feb. 1 Go Pink and Red for Women event. photos by Diana Linsley (click for larger version)

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St. Anthony's registered nurse Amy Ly measures Jennifer Brown's waist during one of many free health screenings offered at last week's event. (click for larger version)

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Times employees Susy Bergman (left) and Jaime Mowers (right) hosted a photo booth at the Go Pink and Red for Women event. Attendees had fun with the pink and red feather boas, crazy hats and sunglasses. Participants who had their picture taken at the Times' photo booth can view their photos online on the South County Times Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SouthCountyTimes. Look for the "St. Anthony's Go Pink & Red for Women" photo album. (click for larger version)

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Kathy Williams (left), an educator in staff development at St. Anthony's, teaches Glenda Pittman of South County the proper method of performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation. (click for larger version)

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William Mehard, M.D., a diagnostic radiologist, brings women up to date on the latest technologies in breast imaging. (click for larger version)
02/07/2014 - St. Anthony's Medical Center kicked off American Heart Month by educating women on how to keep their hearts strong at its annual "Go Pink and Red for Women" event on Saturday, Feb. 1.

More than 200 women attended the event held at the Holiday Inn South County. The Webster-Kirkwood Times and South County Times partnered with St. Anthony's Medical Center to sponsor this year's "Go Pink and Red for Women."

Women sported red for heart health and pink for breast health, browsing among more than a dozen exhibitor booths and attending several informational presentations by various medical professionals. Attendees could choose from a number of break-out sessions covering topics such as heart-healthy cooking, mammography, exercise and more. Participants were also encouraged to take part in free health screenings.

"More than 200 women from our community came out to learn about their health and kick off American Heart Month with us," said St. Anthony's Medical Center Community Outreach Coordinator Katie Rayfield, who organized the event.

This year, St. Anthony's offered something new - makeovers for two heart attack and two breast cancer survivors. The winners were Shirley Ann DeBlois, a breast cancer survivor from South County; Patricia Silva, a heart attack survivor from Oakville; Stacy Williams, a heart attack survivor from Cedar Hill; and Katherine Neff, a breast cancer survivor from Imperial.

Early in the day, survivors shared their stories with others before being whisked away to Salon Antebellum for makeovers, and then to Dillards at South County Center for new clothes and accessories. After lunch, the ladies got to reveal their new looks to the crowd.

"It was an honor to be able to provide makeovers for the four women," Rayfield said. "I think all of us were moved by their stories and enjoyed cheering them on as they revealed their new looks at the end of the event. The event was a great success thanks to our speakers, exhibitors, vendors and sponsors."

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in American women. One in three women die of heart disease every year, as opposed to one in 31 who succumb to breast cancer. The American Heart Association's "Go Red for Women Day" is Friday, Feb. 7. To learn more, visit www.goredforwomen.org.

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