Red Carpet Correspondent Behind the Scenes at the Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards and Giveaway!

The paparazzi getting ready.
Red Carpet Correspondent Behind the Scenes at the Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards and Giveaway!

I interviewed U.S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA and she recommended eating according to USDA's MyPlate and enjoying lean meats.

It was just a month ago, but it seems like yesterday that I was running on coffee and a few hours of sleep, racing to turn my book manuscript in by deadline. Like a castaway brought back to mainland civilization, I’m struggling to return to my normal like again as a “regular” person.

The same week of my book deadline, I had the amazing opportunity of reporting as a red carpet correspondent from the Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards on behalf of my client National Pork Board. I have been reviewing random articles from the past month’s travels and deciding which of the lovely event swag I would keep and which I would give away, memories from that magnificent evening flooding my mind.

Red Carpet Correspondent Behind the Scenes at the Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards and Giveaway!

The bartenders poured Rosa Regale Italian sparkling wine (love!) at the event, so I wasn’t about to let this little gem out of my sight. Digital thermometers from National Pork Board are like sunglasses to me — I keep a few around so when I need one I can actually find it. A thermometer is important because it helps ensure a juicy, lean pork tenderloin (by signaling when it reaches an internal temperature of 145°F, to be followed by 3 minutes rest time for juices to redistribute). The swag bags also included my pork tenderloin recipes.

And the Lenox Marchesa china – I need a good excuse to serve high tea now.

Red Carpet Correspondent Behind the Scenes at the Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards and Giveaway!

On the red carpet I interviewed the absolutely lovely Hoda Kotb, television host of the Today Show 4th Hour.

Red Carpet Correspondent Behind the Scenes at the Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards and Giveaway!

A very pleasant opportunity that night was interviewing Star Jones. Previously I knew her only from The View, but she is so much more than she was portrayed to be on the show. An author, legal analyst, attorney, and philanthropist, she’s pretty brilliant, in fact. Her story about open-heart surgery and how it changed her life is both humorous and touching. Before I even asked her a question, she raved about how lean and healthy pork is and how excited she was that she could eat pork and be healthy.

As a dietitian, I know that heart disease can spring up from nowhere, even in young people. With a history of heart attacks on one side of my family and strokes on the other, this video forever changed my views.

Every woman should see this video, “Just a Little Heart Attack,” starring and directed by Emmy-nominated actress Elizabeth Banks. We watched it during the awards presentation.


The video serves as a powerful reminder to take care of ourselves first and to listen to our bodies, which will enable us to take even better care of our families.

Healthy Pork Tenderloin Giveaway

Now for the goods. My National Pork Board pals put together this cool swag bag that one lucky reader will receive:

  • Coupons for lean cuts of pork
  • The New American Heart Association Cookbook
  • “Go Red” black tote bag from AHA
  • BPA-free water bottle
  • Pedometer
  • Digital meat thermometer
  • Pork booklet, including my recipes

To enter, please comment below about one thing you’ve been doing, or want to start doing to take better care of yourself. Entries due by Friday, April 20 at midnight (PST). Good luck!


Disclosure: National Pork Board compensated me to include them in this post. Words and ideas are 100% my own.


And here are more photos from the event for your viewing pleasure:

NYX Makeup

Lucky me. The Hudson Hotel concierge gave me this NYX “Fashion Bag,” since it was Fashion Week. Sweet. I now totally dig the NYX butt “naked” eyes kit.

Hudson Hotel bathroom amenities

Is it odd that I take pictures of soap? Loved the cilantro (coriander, really) conditioner.

Hudson Hotel light in room

I welcomed this light in my room as a distraction, considering that my room was the size of a shoebox. That’s the big city for you.

Getting ready for Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards

The makeup artist’s supplies to get me red carpet ready.

 The paparazzi getting ready. The paparazzi setting up.

Our spot on the red carpet next to Inside Edition. Our spot on the red carpet next to “Inside Edition”.

The bar at Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards. Rosa Regale!

The bar at Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards. Rosa Regale!

Sugarland at Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards

The arrival of Sugarland!

Ramona Singer at Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards

All of a sudden, Ramona Singer stood in front of me! It was fun meeting her. The Real Housewives of New York City is one of my favorite shows.

Javier Colon and Michelle Dudash at Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards

Javier Colon – the winner of The Voice – and me. Love his music.

Michelle Dudash, RD and Adria Sheil-Brown, RD of National Pork Board at Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards

Adria Sheil-Brown, RD, LD, with the National Pork Board, with me, striking a pose. Kay Unger dress. Such a fun event!

I hope to be back again, soon.


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  1. Andrea says:

    I already do a nice job of fitting cardiovascular exercise into my life but I have yet to add a strength training regimen…definitely something I and so many women need to do to take better care of ourselves!

    1. Thanks for sharing, Andrea. I’m a big fan of strength training, especially after I entered my 30s. My first priority for working out. Though, I do love my running days.

  2. Julie says:

    what a great post:) Heart disease/attacks is a major health issue on both sides of my family…I watch my salt intake, take bp meds,have cut back on fats,…and am walking now up to 2 miles a day

    1. Thanks for sharing, Julie! Glad to hear that you are taking preventive measures.

  3. Julie says:

    I don’t mean to sound greedy lol but who won the contest? 🙂 thanks

    1. Hi Julie,
      As you now know, you won! Yay!
      Thanks for playing.

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