Strutting for heart healthPublished 12:05pm Friday, March 1, 2013
Women packed into Jake’s Thursday for Russell Medical Foundation’s “The Beat Goes On” Fashion Show.
The show was an effort to raise awareness of heart disease issues as part of American Heart Month.
“We had a great turnout,” said Susan Foy, marketing director at RMC. “We sold out well in advance … It’s something we look forward to.”
Fifty-five different styles were modeled by ladies of all ages, who sashayed amongst the tables in the restaurant, showing off spring and summer fashions from Alexander City, Sylacauga, Mt. Meigs and Auburn clothing stores.
“It’s just something upbeat,” said Karen Treadwell, who modeled an outfit from Kriskadoos in Sylacauga. “All generations are here together today – it’s just a good time for us to celebrate as women.”
The event also featured Dr. Kevin Sublett, a cardiologist at RMC, who spoke on a number of heart health issues.
“Heart disease is so pervasive that we have accepted it as a way of life,” Sublett said. “As women it’s important to note that the whole image of a person with heart disease has totally changed. One in three women die of heart attack yearly. That’s greater than all cancers combined.”
Sublett said there are a number of ways to promote heart health and prevent heart disease, beginning with increasing awareness and knowledge about various heart-related issues.
“Blood pressure can be controlled, diabetes can be controlled, cholesterol can be controlled, (and) smoking cessation is also a critical thing,” Sublett said. “Intervention (on heart issues) needs to occur in the teens and 20’s when people are eating junk food and when they’re not exercising – when they’re learning habits that are going to affect the rest of their lives.”
Other stores that contributed to the fashion show include Goody’s, Jackson Drugs, Little Black Dress, Russell Retail, Second Act and Steele’s from Alexander City; Buttons and Bows, Kriskadoos and Lou Belle’s from Sylacauga; and Studio South from Mt. Meigs.