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First Lady, Mayors Go Red to Fight Heart Disease

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City, state and community leaders were all seeing red Wednesday morning. And it was for a very good reason; to raise awareness about heart disease.

"It is the leading cause of death in women in this country," said Renown's acting CEO Donald C. Sibery.

And he had plenty of company talking about the importance of healthier lifestyles.

"Our daughter was diagnosed with cardiac steno sis when she was in the 8th grade," said First Lady Kathleen Sandoval. "And so heart health has become a very important issue and one close to my heart, no pun intended," she told the crowd.

"I am happy to see women taking care of themselves. I know because I've been through open heart surgery myself," said Reno Mayor Bob Cashell.

"I had two stents put in in 2000," added Sparks Mayor Geno Martini. "And it saved my life."

The crowd also included many doctors and survivors. They all know that making small changes can make a big difference.

"For the women who take part in the Go Red program, 90% made healthier changes in their lives; a third lost weight and about 40% reported getting more exercise," said Mary Simons, the Chairwoman of the Circle of Reno group putting on this year's Go Red For Women Luncheon this Friday at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa.  

You can find more information on the luncheon, the campaign, the program and heart health in general at

Written by Erin Breen

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