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DC Chef Walks in Support of Women’s Heart Health

WASHINGTON (Feb. 3, 2012)—The GW Women’s Heart Center has a new supporter in local chef and restaurateur, Ris Lacoste, who owns the Foggy Bottom restaurant, RIS. In a program called RIS Walk 60, Lacoste has taken to the streets to raise money for the GW's women's heart health initiative by walking along a designated route, beginning at her restaurant at 23rd and L Sts, NW, for an hour each day and asking supporters to pledge a dollar for every mile she walks. Lacoste says she welcomes company from anyone who wishes to join her on her walks. 

Lacoste knows the importance of heart health to women first hand, as her mother passed away due to heart disease in 2010. Heart disease is the number one killer among women. “As a chef I realize I am in the unique position not only to feed people fresh, whole foods, but also to walk with them on the path to better health,” Ris said in a statement. “I hope that everyone will join me as we walk together for our own health and the hearts of the women we love.”   

Jannet Lewis, M.D., professor of medicine at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences and director of the GW Women’s Heart Health Center, welcomed Lacoste’s support. “The program’s mission is to save lives and improve the quality of life for women at risk of cardiovascular disease in Washington, DC,” she said. “Although heart disease is the leading cause of death among women, many women do not understand their greatest health threats,” she added. 

RIS Walk 60 aims to raise $25,000 by the end of 2012.

About RIS:

RIS is the heart of Washington’s West End neighborhood, open regularly Monday through Friday for lunch from 11:30am until 5:30pm and for dinner from 5:00pm until 11:00pm.  On Saturday dinner is served from 5:00pm until 11:00pm.  Sunday brunch is available from 10:00am until 3:00pm; late lunch from 3pm until 5pm; and dinner from 5:00pm until 9:00pm.

About the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences:

Founded in 1825, the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) was the first medical school in the nation’s capital and is the 11th oldest in the country. Working together in our nation’s capital, with integrity and resolve, the GW SMHS is committed to improving the health and well-being of our local, national and global community.