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Darien's JoyRide Studio Offers Change Of Heart Event For Go Red For Women

Selina Santos will lead cycling rides to benefit Go Red For Women.
Selina Santos will lead cycling rides to benefit Go Red For Women. Photo Credit: Kevin Manley/k20m.com

DARIEN, Conn. -- JoyRide Cycling Studio, dedicated to indoor cycling classes, will host fundraising rides for Change of Heart Saturday and Sunday at its Wilton studio.

Change of Heart is a grassroots fitness program, presented by SELF Magazine, that works to educate women about heart disease and stroke in support of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement.

"Each year, one in three women die of heart disease and stroke, yet it’s 80 percent preventable," said Go Red For Women spokeswoman Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum. "Change of Heart connects us with passionate women who are united to take action, like scheduling a Well-Woman Visit for themselves, to protect their hearts and the hearts of their mothers, daughters, sisters and friends."

Wilton resident and JoyRide instructor Selina Santos will lead the sessions and share her own story.

"Diagnosed a few years ago with a form of heart disease, I am proud to host a Change of Heart event," Santos said. "The event is a fun way for us to bring together our members and the community to educate women about heart disease and stroke and motivate them to take charge of their health, and today."

The events will include a short presentation on heart disease awareness, followed by a 50-minute indoor cycling ride. All fitness levels -- including beginners -- are welcome.

The $30 fee is payable at the door; 25 percent the money will go to Go Red For Women. Participants will receive a goody bag of heart disease awareness information, a Go Red for Women pin and water bottle and a one-year subscription to SELF or Glamour magazine.

To sign up for the Wilton ride, click here. To sign up for the Darien ride, click here. Riders are encouraged to wear red.

The Saturday session begins at 11:30 a.m.; the Sunday session begins at noon.

For more information about the JoyRide Change of Heart event, contact Santos at 312-405-6331 or selinasantos@gmail.com. To host a Change of Heart event of your own, call 203-761-5447 or visit this website.

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