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Which Hotels Are Doing Good For Heart Disease Awareness Month?

February 3, 2012 at 10:50 AM | by | ()

It's National Wear Red Day, and across the country, the American Heart Association is urging everyone to raise awareness about women's heart disease by wearing the color red. And since we've already done our work pointing out the best Valentine's Day hotels (for both NYC and Miami), here's a look at some heart-conscious hotel efforts happening this month.

First stop: Kimpton's Hotel Palomar, which is offering a new gluten-free minibar to provide guests with healthy snacks when they get back to their rooms. Our favorite item? The KIND fruit and nut bars, which we always make a point of slipping into our carry-on whenever we travel. So fruity and chewy and delicious! The minibar will also be stocked with Izze soda, Glutino pretzel twists, and Lundberg rice chips.

Over in Manhattan, the New York Palace (above) has launched a "Have a Heart" program, which includes a new brunch menu and some pretty red dresses projected onto the hotel's exterior. The hotel's Courtyard, where we spotted the Snowflake Princess back in December, will be the focus of the projections.

Meanwhile, inside the hotel's restaurant, Istana, a heart-healthy brunch menu will include dishes like whole grain pancakes with blueberries, egg white frittatas, and steel-cut oatmeal.

You'll be seeing red if you stop in at the Palmer House in Chicago today, where Director of Reservations Elizabeth Hein is doing her job to keep "red" at the forefront of people's minds. CBS interviewed Hein, who reportedly survived a heart attack when we was just 27. These days, she feels it's important to educate people about the early signs of heart disease (which for women can include lower back pain, jaw pain and water retention). Red will be all over the hotel's lobby, bar, and entrance, and staff members have been instructed to wear red.

[Photos: Hotel Palomar, Palace Hotel]

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