Puerto Rican beauty contestant Melissa Marty, Nuestra Belleza Latina 2008, is still committed to the campaign Go Red por Tu Corazón (Vístete de Rojo por las Mujeres) [Go Red for Women], which seeks to raise awareness on cardiovascular diseases, especially in women. She believes that “we need awareness; we must learn to have a healthy lifestyle, not only through good nutrition, but also developing a discipline that encourages us to do physical exercise on a regular basis.” Go Red por Tu Corazón is a campaign was created by the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association.
Originating from Puerto Rico, Marty was a semi-finalist Puerto Rico Miss Universe 2008 (which was won by Venezuelan Dayana Mendoza). She then went on to be named Nuestra Belleza Latina [Our Latin Beauty] in the same year. Marty, who holds a degree in social communication, won a contract with the Univision Network and a $100,000 cash prize.
[National Wear Red Day is February 4, 2011. Men and women across the United States will show their support for women’s heart disease awareness by wearing red.]
For article (in Spanish), see http://www.celestrellas.com/2010/12/02/melissa-marty-go-red/?ncid=001
For more on the Go Red for Women campaign, see http://www.goredforwomen.org/