We are pleased to announce that the American Heart Association is accepting applications for women who would like to participate in the 2016 Go Red For Women® BetterU Challenge — a challenge that could save your life. 

Background: Research shows that most cardiac events can be prevented if women make small, yet life-saving choices for their hearts. Go Red For Women® is the American Heart Association’s national movement to make women aware of their risk for heart disease and provide inspiration to take action to reduce that risk. 

Introducing the Go Red For Women® Challenge!  We will be selecting 10 women, over the age of 18, in Northeast Kansas, who will be profiled on our Web site, in the media and at the Go Red For Women Luncheon on December 13, 2016. Finalists are encouraged to adopt lifestyle changes such as increased physical activity and healthy eating. We hope that this will inspire other women to begin a heart healthy lifestyle change.  

Women chosen to participate in the Go Red For Women® Challenge will take part in a 12-week program.  Participants will be provided with tools, resources and support needed to make healthy changes in their lives.  

As part of the Go Red For Women® Challenge, the participants will receive: 
       -Free wellness screenings before and after the challenge by St. Francis Health
       -Access to fitness/life coaches from GreatLife Golf & Fitness
       -A one hour massage from Backs By Popular Demand
       - A free hearing test from NuSound Hearing
       -Free 8 month gym membership at GreatLife Golf & Fitness

 As part of this challenge, the participants will be expected to complete the following:
       -Attend Go Red luncheon on December 13, 2016 (your ticket will be provided)
      -Attend Thursday educational/workout sessions as scheduled once per week
      -Complete preliminary and final heart risk assessment at St. Francis Health
      -Attend Kick-Off event on August 25, 2016 at GreatLife Golf and Fitness
      -Appear on stage and/or in a video that will be shown at the Go Red event on December 13, 2016

We are looking for a diverse group of individuals with respect to age, lifestyle, marital status, ethnicity, and physical health. You do not have to be a model or a particular body type; it is more important to us that we have a group of positive thinkers. Most importantly we are looking for people who are ready to make a positive change to their health.

If you would like to be considered for the Go Red For Women® BetterU Challenge, please fill out the online application.  In addition, please email a color headshot photo to: kathy.palmer@heart.org and in the subject line, put BetterU Applicant/Your Name.  (Photos will not be returned).

For additional information, contact us at:
American Heart Association
5375 SW 7th St.
Topeka, KS 66606
Fax to: 785-272-2425

Applications must be submitted by July 15, 2016. Applicants selected to participate will be notified August 1, 2016 and the Challenge Kick-Off will be August 25, 2016.