Hy-Vee at Go Red for Women Luncheon

by Kaitlin Anderson, Community Relations Coordinator

Hy-Vee supported the American Heart Association’s annual Go Red for Women luncheon in go-red-2017-kaitlin-prevention-is-why-1Rochester last week.  Our sponsorship included a donation of 47 floral centerpieces to decorate the auditorium and two vendor booths to educate attendees about heart-healthy foods and promote F&F clothing.

This was my fourth time attending the event and, as always, I walked away inspired to raise awareness, focus on prevention and fund research for heart disease.  I was especially honored to serve as the Chair of the Executive Leadership Team for the 2017 event.

I welcomed the attendees with a message on the power of prevention.

It’s true: Heart disease is the number one killer in women.

In fact, heart disease causes one in three women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.

But the good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.


As a registered dietitian myself, I believe strongly in the power of a healthy diet and other lifestyle changes as a way to live a longer, healthier life.

My hope was that all 430 attendees walked out those doors of the Mayo Civic Center, educated and inspired to make lifestyle changes with the goal of preventing heart disease. 

Here’s what you can do:

go-red-2017-kaitlin-with-table-1*Know your numbers.  Schedule a biometric screening with your Hy-Vee dietitian to assess your cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar.

*Ask questions to learn more about your family history.

*If you smoke, quit.

*Make exercise a priority.

*Lose weight.

*Eat right. Fill your grocery cart with heart-healthy foods.

*Invest in research to learn more about what it takes to fight heart disease.

*Learn the warning signs of heart attacks and stroke.

*Share your knowledge with those you love.

Studies show that healthy choices have resulted in 330 fewer women dying from heart disease per day.

That’s reason enough to believe in the power of prevention.

Prevention is why I do what I do.


Kaitlin tomatoesKaitlin Anderson, RD, LD is an award-winning supermarket dietitian. Kaitlin was named one of four finalists for Retail Dietitian of the Year—a national award from the Retail Dietitians Business Alliance—in 2015, a Hy-Vee “Legendary Customer Service Award” winner in 2013 and “Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year” by the Minnesota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2012. She transitioned into a new role with Hy-Vee in 2015 and is now serving as the community relations coordinator for the Rochester market. Kaitlin’s community involvement includes the Wellness Works Coalition, Making it Better—Olmsted County, Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce—Leadership Greater Rochester and the Go Red for Women Leadership Team. You can also find Kaitlin every Tuesday in the Rochester Post-Bulletin—her column is entitled “Cart Smarts.” She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in dietetics from the College of St. Benedict and completed her dietetic internship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester in 2008. She has spent her entire career with Hy-Vee in Rochester. Kaitlin’s ultimate goal is to leave the grocery store every day having made at least one person’s life easier, healthier, happier. View all of Kaitlin’s posts here.