While nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented through
education and lifestyle changes, anyone can be affected by
cardiovascular diseases – at any age. In fact, heart disease remains the
No. 1 killer of women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer
combined. This February – American Heart Month – the American
Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization devoted to
a world of longer, healthier lives and its Go Red for Women movement,
nationally sponsored by CVS Health, is calling on women, and those
they love, to support its efforts to improve the overall health of all
women. This can be achieved by wearing red and giving to the
Association’s lifesaving mission beginning Friday, February 7, National
Wear Red Day, and throughout February.
“The Go Red for Women movement empowers women to stand up
against their greatest health threat, heart disease, which claims the
lives of one in three women – a third of our mothers, sisters and
friends,” said American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown. “This year,
we celebrate 16 years of Go Red and encourage our volunteers,
supporters and staff nationwide to ‘wear red and give’ to raise
awareness, inspire action and make our lifesaving work possible.”
Some risk factors for cardiovascular diseases like age, race, gender and
family history can’t be controlled, but others like high blood pressure,
lack of regular physical activity and diabetes can be treated or
To prevent and beat heart disease and stroke, women should know
their family health history and their five key personal health numbers:
total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar
and body mass index. This allows women to determine personal risks
and helps motivate them to take small steps toward lifestyle changes.
Women are encouraged to make a Go Red Healthy Behavior
Commitment to move more, eat smart and manage blood pressure.
There are a variety of ways to support women’s heart health and the
American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement, nationally
sponsored by CVS Health throughout February:
Wear Red and Give
Wear red on Friday, Feb. 7 to raise awareness about heart disease
– the leading cause of death in women. Purchase the iconic Red
Dress Pin at ShopHeart.org.
Make a donation anytime during February to support the
lifesaving work of the American Heart Association
Join the social media conversation by using #WearRedAndGive.
2020 South Florida Go Red for Women Brunch
Go Red for Women provides a platform for women and their families to
lead healthier lives and drive collective action for community
transformation. It’s not just about wearing red; it’s not just about
sharing heart health facts. It’s about:
Providing women with opportunities to prioritize and take
charge of their own health;
Building communities that support and provide access to healthy
Demanding equal access to healthcare for all women and their
Increasing women in STEM in upcoming generations.
The Go Red for Women Brunch will take place at the end of Heart
Month on February 21 at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort and
Join the mission to fight cardiovascular disease.