CONYERS -- Local residents are in for laughs while learning a thing or two about heart health during Rockdale Medical Center's annual Red Hot and Healthy Luncheon and Fashion Show.
The event is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at the East Tower classrooms of Rockdale Medical Center.
RMC has hosted the February event for the past five years in conjunction with American Heart Month, and this year is sure to be educational and entertaining, according to RMC marketing director Marsha Terry.
"The luncheon this year is going to be bigger and better," Terry said.
Fashion show models and celebrity waiters who are community leaders and hospital staff members will be encore features in this year's event. Terry did not want to let the cat out the bag, but said the big excitement this year will be a special appearance by Elvis.
"The community of Conyers will know him when they see him," Terry said. "You would think that Elvis has come back when you see the performance."
RMC hosts the annual event with a lot of participation and support from community leaders, "and Belk has just been kind enough to help us do it," Terry said. Belk of Conyers will provide the clothing for the fashion show models.
Terry explained the purpose of the luncheon is to remind people of the need to think about their heart health and "also have some fun at the same time."
"Prevention is the key to heart disease in many cases, and this is one way to remind people of that and celebrate heart health month," Terry said.
Tickets for the Red Hot and Healthy Luncheon and Fashion Show are $25 and RSVP is required by Feb. 15. To RSVP, call 770-918-3925 or 770-918-3926.
Terry said the money raised during the luncheon will go towards future community educational events to promote heart health, such as vascular screening events at the hospital.
Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States, according to a recent press release from the Georgia Department of Community Health.
"The chance of developing heart disease can be decreased by taking preventive steps," said Dr. Kimberly Redding, director of DCH's prevention and wellness program.
"The top prevention initiative is a healthy lifestyle, which includes a healthy diet of lean meats and poultry, low-fat dairy products, lower salt, sugar and alcohol intake and incorporating physical activity into the daily routine."
DCH encouraged residents to participate in the National Wear Red Day on Friday.