The American Heart Association welcomes Kelly MacFarland to Lexington, where she’ll bring her charming and sassy sensibility, plus a powerful message about proactive health, to their Go Red for Women Luncheon December 4th.
Kelly MacFarland’s upbeat and playful humor has made her a popular headliner at clubs and colleges all around the U.S., and she’s entertained our troops across the globe. A winner of many prestigious comedy awards, she’s also the host of the web series Fit or Fad on ulive.com. Her many television appearances include The View, The Today Show, The Tyra Banks Show, Adult Swim, Larry King Live, and Premium Blend. In addition, Kelly’s an engaging and inspiring motivational speaker. She’ll share her insights about women’s health in her own irresistible style as the keynote speaker at the Go Red for Women Luncheon.
In 2004, Kelly was a contestant on the pilot season of NBC’s hit reality series, The Biggest Loser. When she appeared on the program, she was already an established stand-up comedy performer and accomplished speaker. During the course of her show season, Kelly lost over 70 pounds and developed positive new eating and exercise habits through working with her trainers. “Prior to being on the show,” she reflects, “I was extremely overweight and exercise was not part of my routine. Afterward, adding wellness to my speaking engagements seemed like a natural transition. I started speaking to corporations about goal setting and tried to inspire folks to get moving regardless of their fitness levels. The Go Red message is important and as a woman, I wanted to get involved.”
The Go Red for Women Campaign’s message of proactive change is a natural fit with Kelly’s warm and relatable comic style. She’s been a featured keynote speaker for the American Heart Association for the last 8 years and has had many opportunities to share her insights with other women who also want to change their lives for the better. “Heart disease and stroke can strike anyone,” she says. “Runners and couch potatoes are both targets! Get moving, don’t smoke and try to work a heart healthy diet every day. My message is that every day is a new day, and as a woman who struggles with her weight, I need to wake up every morning and try, try again.”
Kelly’s flourishing career has led to a busy schedule that takes her all across America for comedy gigs, speaking engagements,engagements at festivals and conferences, and television appearances. Constantly stantly on the go, she says that if she wasn’t an entertainer, she’d be an event planner! “The travel is definitely a perk with this gig. It’s not lost on me how lucky I am,” Kelly says. “All of the moments are cool… the smallest show in a tiny town or the biggest theater show in a city… both are amazing. Entertaining our U.S. troops overseas has probably been my favorite adventure.”
As a popular entertainer with an ever-changing agenda, Kelly understands very well how difficult it is for women to juggle all of their activities and responsibilities while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. “Women are tough on themselves,” she observes. “They compare themselves to everyone else. Women are also as tough as nails. We got this! We take care of the world. We just need to put ourselves first so that we are at our best to take care of everyone else.” Consistency is key. “I try to get moving every day,” she says. “Something! Fruits, veggies, water and a regular sleep schedule of 8 hours a day helps.”
Kelly’s learned that the gift of humor can help us face numerous challenges in life, even those pertaining to proactive health.
“You have to be able to laugh at yourself,” she advises. “You can’t take life too seriously. People don’t try new things when they’re too worried about what others will think. Focus on yourself and enjoy the challenge of trying something new. Embrace the pitfalls and learn from the failures. A sense of humor can get you through almost anything.”
Mike Turner, The American Heart Association Lexington’s Special Event Director, is happy to welcome Kelly to her first visit to Lexington on behalf of the organization, saying, “We’re excited that Kelly will be sharing her ‘take charge’ health message with our guests. They’ll find that her relatable and light hearted approach will be both fun and inspirational.”
In addition to her standup comedy and television appearances, Kelly’s latest project is writing a clever collection of short stories based on her comedy performances and her life. Learn more about Kelly on her website at kellymacfarland.com.
Want to go? Here’s what to know.
You can come to this highly anticipated event that helps raise awareness of the threat of heart disease, and the benefits of prevention.
The American Heart Association’s 8th annual Go Red for Women Luncheon will be held Friday, December 4th at Lexington Center’s Heritage Hall. Doors open at 9:00 am, with educational breakouts at 9:30 am, followed by luncheon seating at 11:10 am. The event will conclude at 1:00 pm.
The cost is $100 per person, with tables for 10 at $1,000. For further information or to register for the event, contact Jordan Yates at 859-317-6874 or visit lexingtongored.heart.org to make reservations online. Admission will not be available at the door, so you must make your reservation in advance.
The last day to register is Monday, November 30th.
Paid parking, including valet parking, will be available at the Lexington Center lot.