Live in Color, Live Red!

By: Lindsey Ward Email
By: Lindsey Ward Email

March 25, 2007

The color red symbolizes many things, love and warmth to name a few, but to UVa Health System's Live Red it means a healthy heart.

“I travel around the world,” said Marta Vento, a new Club Red member. “I just came back from Italy.”

Staying healthy is something she often thinks about. That’s why she jumped at the chance to get her blood pressure taken and answer questions to find out how healthy she is.

“My answer was no, no, no, so that means I’m in very good health,” said Vento.

Good health is what Club Red is all about.

“Our goal is to get women to take an active interest in their health and also to empower them to begin to talk to their physician or nurse practitioner about their health and to help themselves and their families lead a healthier lifestyle,” said Shannon Janney with the UVa Health System.

At Belk, the healthy action of the day was to get your heart screened and look good doing it. Club Red partnered with Belk to give makeovers to women who signed up for a change to a healthy lifestyle.

“I think when we do it in an environment that's fun and offer an opportunity for them to come in and get a little advice and also do something fun like get a little makeover, it's a little less intimidating than getting a daunting list of all these lifestyle changes you have to make at once,” said Janney.

The changes Vento made Sunday gave her something to smile about.

“I'm very, very happy. Happy that somebody checked on me, happy that they do my makeup in five minutes,” she said.


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