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  • Writer's pictureMary Ann

Kick off American Heart Month by celebrating National Wear Red Day with the American Heart Assoc.

The American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives, together with its Go Red for Women movement, are asking you to wear red to support Go Red for Women on National Wear Red Day: Friday, February 1, 2019.

Why wear red? Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined. Someone you know and love may be affected – at any age. Heart disease and stroke claim the lives of 1 in 3 women – a third of our mothers, sisters and friends. It’s time to change this fact.

That’s why the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement, nationally sponsored by CVS Health and locally sponsored by Ascension Saint Thomas Health, encourages you to show your support by wearing red on Friday, February 1 to help raise awareness and save lives from heart disease.

  “At Saint Thomas, we are passionate about heart health education and bringing awareness to the signs of heart disease to help women establish relationships with healthcare

   providers,” said Amy Wilson, Ascension Saint Thomas Health Chief Nursing Officer. “Our partnership with AHA and the Titans will get us one step closer to empowering our female

   patients to better care for themselves and remain heart healthy.”

In addition to wearing your red, the American Heart Association and Ascension Saint Thomas Health are hosting “Power In  Numbers,” a free health event empowering women to better understand their risk for heart disease and stroke. Health screenings will be provided, along with other celebratory activities like a Zen Den, photo booth, music and a complimentary lunch for the first 50 guests. “Power In Numbers” will take place from 11am – 1pm on Wear Red Day at Saint Thomas Midtown’s Gladys Stringfield Owen Education Center, 2000 Church Street, Nashville, TN, 37236.

Friday night as the sun sets, be sure to catch Nashville buildings and iconic landmarks light up red to support  heart disease awareness: Adventure Science Center, Ascend Federal Credit Union, AT&T, Belmont Fountains, Bridgestone Area, Cambria Hotel, First Tennessee Park, Franklin Synergy, Gaylord Opryland and Resort, Hotel Indigo, Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge, The Frist Center, Meharry Medical College, Metro Nashville Courthouse, Nashville Farmers’ Market, NES, Nissan Stadium, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Tennessee State Capitol, The Ryman, The Parthenon, The Tennessean, The Westin, Williamson County Historical Courthouse, just to name a few!  

As an extra kick-off to National Wear Red Day and American Heart Month, the Tennessee State Legislature will be formally recognizing February 1 as National Wear Red Day and    

helping to raise awareness statewide about the burden of heart disease in women. Furthermore, multiple Middle Tennessee local governments will be proclaiming February as

Heart Month.

Here’s how you can join us in support of women’s health:

· Wear red to raise awareness about heart disease – the leading cause of death in women. You can get the iconic Red Dress Pin at

· Make a donation to support the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association at or at your local CVS Pharmacy, February 3- 23.

· Take action for your heart health. To help women better understand their risk for heart disease, CVS Health is offering FREE heart health screenings every Thursday in February, including Valentine’s Day, at CVS MinuteClinics nationwide.

· Join the conversation by using #NashGoRed on social media.

While nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented through education and lifestyle changes, cardiovascular diseases continue to be a woman’s greatest health threat. To treat, beat and prevent heart disease and stroke, women should understand family health history, know their five key personal health numbers to help determine risk and make healthy behavior changes like moving more, eating smart and managing blood pressure.

About Go Red for Women

The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women® movement is the trusted, passionate, relevant force for change to end heart disease and stroke in women all over the

world. While nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women, claiming the lives of 1 in 3 women. For 15

years, Go Red for Women has provided a platform for women to come together, raise awareness, fund lifesaving research, advocate for change and improve the lives of all

women everywhere. The American Heart Association's Go Red for Women movement is nationally sponsored by CVS Health, with additional support from national cause

supporters. Connect with us on, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-888-MY-HEART (1- 888-694-3278).

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a leading force for a world of longer, healthier lives. With nearly a century of lifesaving work, the Dallas-based association is dedicated to ensuring equitable health for all. We are a trustworthy source empowering people to improve their heart health, brain health and well-being. We collaborate with numerous organizations and millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, advocate for stronger public health policies, and share lifesaving resources and information. Connect with us on, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA- USA1.


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