An icon in the fashion industry, Supermodel Emme changed the perception of what we see as beautiful.
One of the world’s first plus-size supermodels, she is also a TV personality & wellness expert, the creative director of her clothing lines, an author of five books, and a lead influencer for body positivity and self-esteem.
Emme will be the keynote speaker at the annual Syracuse Go Red for Women Luncheon and helping raise awareness about heart health is very personal for her.
“My father passed away from heart disease” says Emme. “And it hits not just older folks, it’s hitting younger and younger demographics each and every year. A very young friend in her 20s had a stroke just recently, a couple of weeks ago. Hit the family so hard, she was on the pill and she was smoking cigarettes – don’t do that.”
Emme says her friend is now paralyzed and working on rehab. Each year, almost 800,000 people have a stroke and the American Stroke Association says you can use the acronym F.A.S.T. to remember the most common signs of stroke:
- Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven?
- Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “The sky is blue.”
- Time to Call 9-1-1 – If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital immediately. (Tip: Check the time so you’ll know when the first symptoms appeared.)
Now in its 15th year, the Syracuse Go Red for Women Luncheon helps attendees learn about blood pressure, cholesterol, and healthy eating. It’s an especially important event, because the American Heart Association says cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women, claiming the lives of 1 in 3 women, and heart disease is the #1 killer of women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined.
“When we don’t just change the way that we think about ourselves so the stress is less, the way that we eat really good wholesome foods, less processed foods, just little changes and if we’re not exercising because we feel the shame and guilt of like ‘i’m not like somebody else’ – forget about that! Do little, little changes in your lifestyle and that can greatly reduce possibly 80% of all the problems with cardiovascular disease.”Emme
Symptoms of a heart attack can include:
- Pain or discomfort in the chest
- Shortness of breath
- Lightheadedness, nausea, or vomiting
- Jaw, neck, or back pain
- Discomfort or pain in the arm or shoulder
- Shortness of breath
Those are the most common symptoms, and a reminder from the American Heart Association: if you’re not sure it’s a heart attack, have it checked out. Call 911 and have yourself checked out immediately, because fast action can save your life.
The 2019 Syracuse Go Red for Women Luncheon is scheduled for Thursday, October 24th at the Oncenter Convention Center. It starts at 10:30am and continues until 1:30pm, with Emme’s talk about the ‘Festival of Red’ planned for the event.
Emme adds, “You’ve got to take good care of yourself. This is how we experience life; this body contains all the wonderful essence of who we are and if we just try to live from the neck up, we aren’t taking care of the whole house.”