Chicago Go Red for Women Event is a Big Success
Friday was a great day. After quite a bit of last-minute work to help the Chicago Go Red team design signage, a slide template and some printed material for their annual event, as well as a push to improve our fundraising efforts* on their behalf, the big day finally arrived.
Vice President of Global Human Resources Tinna Hall joined me on the long ride to downtown Chicago from our company headquarters in Elgin and, when we walked into the Palmer House Hilton Hotel, we were surrounded by Affinity Express designs.
As we got closer to the designated rooms, red dresses were everywhere! Women of all ages, races and sizes were decked out and looking absolutely gorgeous. To add to the festive mood, those who donated their personal funds to the cause sported white and gold boas.
How can you not smile when you're dressed all in red topped off with feathers?
We ran into my Go Red contacts and said hello, as many of us had not met in person, despite working together for several months. It was clear from the beginning that everything was well organized and would run smoothly. Senior Director Andrea Rich, Director of Corporate Development Amie Schumacher and Red For Women Specialist Jodi Beyhl were all cool as cucumbers.
Over a heart-healthy breakfast of coffee or tea and oatmeal, we listened to a panel of cardiologists, physicians and nutritionists talk about women and heart disease. They debunked some myths and provided practical advice on changes we could all make to feel better and live longer. I wasn't surprised to hear that stress plays a major role in heart disease but I was blown away when I heard that cereal is not a very good breakfast (most have too much sugar and don't provide sustained energy through the morning; even "healthy ones" can be high in salt). We also learned to shop the perimeter of the supermarket to find the best food options and that any packaged foods should have no more than five ingredients with none of the first three being a form of sugar.