Richland County, in collaboration with the American Heart Association (AHA) and Wholespire Richland County, is organizing the second Go Red for Women Lunch & Learn event. This initiative, inspired by the AHA’s Go Red for Women campaign, aims to raise awareness about heart health among women. The event is scheduled for February 28, from 11:30 am to 1 pm, at the Busby Community Center, 1735 Busby Street, Columbia.

The Go Red for Women Lunch & Learn event encourages residents to wear red and emphasizes how small actions can lead to significant changes in heart health. The community speakers for the event include:

  1. Kiwan N. Fitch: A personal development and career coach, Fitch launched the Journey Towards Purpose program in 2018 as part of the J2P Global Institute LLC. The program offers personal development and brand development courses, conferences, and coaching sessions in business, nonprofit organizational leadership, and business incorporation.

  2. Maranda Williams: The marketing and communications director for the American Heart Association of the Midlands. Williams has worked in marketing and communications with The State newspaper, S.C. state government, the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, and Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology.

  3. Gretchen D. Barron: County Councilwoman for District 7.

The event aims to educate participants about heart health, with an emphasis on small, actionable steps. Attendees who register for the event will receive a special lunch catered by Chef Eddie Green, along with giveaways sponsored by Richland County, the AHA, and Wholespire. Free on-site blood pressure screenings will also be available, with no appointment or registration required.

To attend the Go Red for Women Lunch & Learn event, participants can register via Eventbrite: The initiative encourages community members to come together, learn about heart health, and support each other in making positive lifestyle choices.

The Go Red for Women initiative focuses on empowering women to prioritize their heart health, understand their risk factors, and make heart-healthy choices. To learn more about the Go Red for Women initiative or to donate, visit the AHA’s website:

Note: AHA stands for the American Heart Association.

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