Support heart health awareness at these local events

Chicago-area women and the men who love them will join the fight against heart disease in women at the American Heart Association’s annual Go Red for Women luncheon at noon on Feb. 21 at the Walnut Room at Macy’s on State Street in Chicago.

Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease in women. The movement advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health.

The Go Red For Women Luncheon, chaired this year by Sharon O’Keefe, president of University of Chicago Medical Centeri s the signature fundraising event of the campaign, which raises awareness of women’s No. 1 killer, heart disease. Tickets for the event are $250 each and may be purchased by calling (312) 476-6624 or visiting www.ChicagoGoRedforWomen.org.

In addition, here are some additional heart health events and fundraisers taking place in Chicago or the northern suburbs.

Feb. 18

IHNA Go Red for Healthy Heart Event

Tumbao, 3213 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago

6 p.m.

What it is: Wear red to show support and join this networking and fundraising event to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease. Enjoy cocktails and light fare.

What else you need to know: Tickets are $20 in advance or $30 at the door.

Feb. 19

Cooking with Heart

177 N. Ada St., Ste. 101, Chicago

6:30-9 p.m.

What it is: A hands-on cooking experience for Chicago family physicians and residents, held in the kitchen of Centered Chef, that will open your eyes to delicious meal preparation for cardiovascular health. The American Heart Association and the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians host this event.

What else you need to know: This event is BYOB and invitation only. For more information on this event, contact the American Heart Association.

Feb. 22

Culture of a Woman’s Heart

Rush University Medical Center, Searle Conference Center, Professional Building, 1725 W. Harrison St., Fifth Floor, Chicago

8 a.m.-noon

What it is: Gender and ethnicity both have an influence on risk factors for heart health. This program puts you in an empowered position via information, specific to your ethnicity-African-American, Asian, Caucasian, Latina and Southeast Asian groups.

What else you need to know: Free parking in the Rush parking garage is available and refreshments will be offered. For more information or to register, call (888) 352-7874.

Feb. 23

Warm Your Heart Indoor 5K

McCormick Place, Hall A and B, 2301 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

9 a.m.

What it is: An indoor single-loop USATF-certified 5K run, benefiting the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute.

What else you need to know: Each participant will earn a long-sleeve T-shirt with his or her entry. Registration is limited to 3,000 runners. The event will be chip timed.

Apr. 12

Chicago Heart Ball

Navy Pier, Grand Ballroom, 600 E. Grand Ave. Chicago

6 p.m.

What it is: A black-tie gala that benefits the American Heart Association, featuring: a presentation of the Coeur D’Or Award; presentation of corporate honoree, Schneider Electric; a social reception and silent auction, which begins at 6 p.m.; a dinner and live auction followed by dancing.

What else you need to know: Individual tickets are no longer being sold at this time; to join, become a sponsor. A bonus event, Crash the Ball, will take place in Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom at 9:30 p.m. with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and music. Complimentary valet parking is included. For more information, e-mail Amie Schumacher at Amie.schumacher@heart.org.

Apr. 16

Hypertension: Causes, Risks, Prevention and Treatment

Glenview Park Center, 2400 Chestnut St., Ste. A, Lakeview Room B, Glenview

9:30-10:30 a.m.

What it is: The pharmacy department at NorthShore University HealthSystem will lead an informative discussion about heart health and the ins and outs of hypertension.

What else you need to know: For more information, call (847) 570-5020.

une 7

Congenital Heart Walk

The Rowing Lagoon at Lincoln Park, 2045 Lincoln Park West, Chicago

9 a.m.

What it is: The Adult Congenital Heart Association and The Children’s Heart Foundation have teamed up to organize this one-mile or 5K fundraiser, routed through the park, to raise awareness and fight congenital heart disease.

What else you need to know: Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk beings at 10 a.m. For more information, e-mail info@congenitalheartwalk.org.