Women's health is a pertinent topic year-round but this past month, when we catered the 13th annual Woman's Day Red Dress Awards, we were reminded of the importance of raising awareness for women's heart health.
The Woman's Day Red Dress Awards focus on fighting women’s heart disease - the number one killer of women. Heart disease claims the life of approximately one woman every minute. You may be surprised to learn that 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for heart complications. However, 80 percent of these complications can be minimized or prevented with lifestyle changes and knowledge of heart issues.
Back in 2000, when Woman’s Day made heart disease in women its signature cause, only 34 percent of women were aware that heart disease is their number one health risk. To bring more attention to the cause, Woman’s Day established the Red Dress Awards in 2004, and the progression of honorees of various doctors, researchers, and advocates of women's heart health over the last 16 years is a real testament to the advancements we are making in this study.
This year, we catered to the 400 guests in attendance at Jazz at Lincoln Center, all of whom were adorning vibrant red outfits in support of women's heart health. We were particularly thrilled to participate in this year's event because it took place soon after the Jazz at Lincoln Center renovations were complete so the newly-updated space added even more excitement to the evening.
In addition to providing food, we worked with the event sponsor, CocoaVia, to create four heart healthy dessert drinks ranging from peanut butter smoothies to mint hot cocoa. Each of these drinks included the CocoaVia supplement, which promotes healthy blood flow and thus a heathy heart by means of cocoa flavanols in the supplement.