Glam Exclusive: Talking Heart Health and the Red Dress Collection Show with Savannah Guthrie!

By  February 05, 2013

As February arrives, the color red is undeniably ubiquitous, from roses and hearts for Valentine’s Day to The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection during Fashion Week! Every year, designers, celebrities, and notables take the runway, all in the name of heart health and awareness. While bold faced names like Minka Kelly, Christie Brinkley, and Camila Alves have walked in the past, a fresh selection of women are preparing to take the runway in designer red dresses this season!

In anticipation of her premiere moment on the runway, Glam caught up with Savannah Guthrie. She’s taking to the catwalk and bringing out her model strutting capability for a cause that’s especially close to her and her family. After losing her father to a heart attack when she was 16, awareness of this cause is obviously extremely important to Guthrie, and her moment at Fashion Week is dedicated to exactly that.

Q: This is a cause close to your heart because of your father. Can you tell us a little bit about why you chose to take part in The Hearth Truth Red Dress Collection show this year?
A: My dad died of a heart attack when I was eight years old, so this is an issue that is dear to me, but in particular, women, are at risk for heart disease, or as much of a risk as men are. I think that even though there are great efforts to educate the public about that, a lot of women and particularly, younger women, may not know that. So I just love that this is an awareness campaign. That this is about letting women know that this is an issue that they need to care about, and also that there is a lot that people can do to prevent heart disease. There are a lot of permanent steps to take. I liked that this wasn’t just a campaign about what not to do but the steps that you can do to improve your own health.
Q: What would you love to see as a result of your work?
A: I’m not a cardiologist or the world’s biggest public health expert but I have learned a few things along the way. One thing is that women tend to ignore symptoms that they are having a heart attack because sometimes those symptoms can be ambiguous or kind of a muted. Women are often reluctant to make a big deal or call the doctor, so I think educating ourselves about the symptoms of acute heart issue are is a really valuable cause. In terms of heart health, all of us can do better; we all can take better care of our hearts. Myself included. It’s a reminder – not to just to everybody but to me too, to be aware of it, not to just talk the talk but to walk the walk. I try to exercise regularly, keep a moderately healthy diet but there is room for improvement personally, so I look at this as an opportunity to practice what we’re preaching.
Q: Are there certain things that you’re trying to do in the New Year to be better about your own heart health like working out and eating better?
A: I like to run and I tend to do a lot of jogging, however, it is so cold that I’ve kind of fallen off. This is a good reminder for me to keep that up for a variety of reasons. That’s one thing that I work pretty hard at, trying to keep my heart in good shape, running around the city, and it’s something I enjoy anyway. I could be better, I mean my diet could definitely be better. I reduce salt, and try to eat more fruits and vegetables that are heart healthy, so I look forward to being educated and living more healthfully.
Q: Are you going to practice your walk before hand?
A: No, I’m just going to go with what feels natural. Luckily, I still have my day job.
Q: Have you seen your dress?
A: I have! I tried it on last week at Carolina Herrera. It’s really pretty, and I’m so very honored to walk in it. And it’s long but it’s not so long that I’m worried that I’ll trip on it.
Q: What’s your favorite part about Fashion Week?
A: As someone who just moved to New York couple years ago, Fashion Week is not something that I’ve fully experienced, but I love that there is so much energy in the city. I love to hear about the collections. Sometimes we’ll do segments on the show, so we’ll get to see some of it. I just think the fashion industry is fascinating. I’m a total devotee of Project Runway. I never miss it.
Q: What are some new favorite places that you love to wine and dine in New York City?
A: You have to remember that I get up at three in the morning, so my nightlife is not the same as anyone else’s. I love to go to this great Indian restaurant down in TriBeca called Tamarind. Mercer Kitchen is in my neighborhood, that’s tried and true.