SPOKANE, Wash. - Heart disease is the number one killer of women worldwide and Wednesday the American Heart Association held its annual 'Go Red For Women' luncheon at the Spokane Convention Center.
The keynote speaker for the event was Ali Vincent, the first female winner of The Biggest Loser. Her message was really more about making small choices and how when it comes to heart disease those can make a world of difference.
"Who you are is perfect, who you are is okay, our habits can use some shifting sometimes," she said.
Vincent was the first woman to win The Biggest Loser, a milestone that changed her life.
"It's kind of been my mission to travel around the country talk to as many people as I can, I can't even tell you I have like hugged thousands, but I am like I don't care let's just mix it up, even if you are already walking, already running, then lets just superset it with some jumping squats or some lunges or doing something different to keep our bodies guessing," she said.
Another special guest at the luncheon was Julie Pannell from Fleet Feet Sports, a heart attack survivor who shared her story.
"Just completed a marathon in September and then in November experienced a massive heart attack at the YMCA after working out," Pannell said.
The other part of her message was that even if you live a healthy lifestyle, staying on top of your heart health with regular visits to the doctors is a must.
"Totally shocked, I mean, you know, I was pretty much in the best shape of my life and then, you know, here I was 35-years-old and just had a heart attack, it's the last thing on your mind," Pannell said.