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The 2018 Go Red for Men and Women Luncheon, presented by the MCSA Healthy Woman Board and the Heart & Vascular Institute at Medical Center of South Arkansas, will be held Tuesday.

According to Vicki Lambert, Healthy Woman board president, the event will open at 11 a.m. with a Heart Health Fair and silent auction and a program from noon to 1 p.m. at the Griffin Music Hall in the Murphy Arts District.

“As women, we remember a lot of numbers in our lifetime,” said Christine Street, honorary chair of the event. “We remember birthdays, pin numbers and family appointments — but do most of us even know the critical numbers for our heart health? That’s why at Go Red we offer free heart health screenings for all attendees. Knowing your health numbers could save your life.”

The event offers free screenings as part of the Heart Health Fair, which allows people to learn their personal health numbers including blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and body mass index (BMI), as well as assess the risk for heart disease and stroke. Medical staff from the Heart & Vascular Center, Cardiac Rehab, Wound Care Center and the MCSA Emergency Department (Trauma, Stroke and Chest Pain) will answer questions and provide health tips for making lifestyle choices to support heart health.

According to the American Heart Association, there are seven important steps to a long and healthy life, which include getting active, eating better, losing weight, quitting smoking, controlling cholesterol, managing blood pressure and reducing blood sugar.

Following the Heart Health Fair and silent auction, the program and luncheon will begin at noon with life stories from heart attack survivors and special guest speakers.

Amanda and Toddy Pitard, with Murphy-Pitard Jewelers, continue to support heart health awareness and education with a special addition to the event - a .5 carat diamond heart shaped necklace valued at $1,500 to be presented in a tradition they began more than 10 years ago. For more details, visit or stop by Murphy-Pitard Jewelers in downtown El Dorado.

The 2018 Go Red for Men and Women Luncheon is presented by the MCSA Healthy Woman Board. Members are Beth Burns, Marsha Cowling, Lori DeWese, Kyra Dismuke, Alex Bennett, Karen Bryant, Judy Fussell, Bethany Gaddy, Vicki Lambert, News-Times Managing Editor Madeleine Leroux, Kristi McAuliffe, Ashley Nale, Catherine Noyes and Sharon Peterson.

Tickets are $30 and benefit the Medical Center of South Arkansas Auxiliary, which provides nurse scholarships and supports community programs such as HOPE Landing. Proceeds also support the American Heart Association research programs. Reservations are available online at or 870-864-3282.

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