On January 25, 2017, American Heart Association advocates and staff were presented with a proclamation declaring February 3, 2017 as Baton Rouge Go Red Day.
Although spearheaded by Councilman Matt Watson (District 11), the entire East Baton Rouge Metro Council and Mayor Sharon Weston Broome supported and signed the proclamation. After a few words from Mayor Broome on the importance of the joining the fight against the #1 killer of women in the parish of East Baton Rouge, the group posed for photos in the newly renovated Metro Council chamber.
“Witnessing our mayor proclaim February 3 as National Wear Red Day meant that we are in this fight together as women, as a community, and as advocates for those affected by heart disease. It was a truly powerful moment that shared the American Heart Association’s vision of saving the lives of so many women in our community and across the country. “ - Baton Rouge Board Member, Kristen Gradney
Capital Area Board Member and State Advocacy Committee Member, Coletta Barrett, attended the city council meeting. "When we started the Go Red for Women Campaign in 2003-2004 we had no idea that 13 years later the movement would be so strong. While we’ve made progress in awareness of heart disease and stroke in women, there is still MUCH work to be done such as more research funding for women’s health, better access and equitable treatment for all women."
Barrett continues, “To have Mayor Sharon Weston-Broome and Councilman Matt Watson recognize our work with a City Parish Proclamation validates that what we do."
Pictured L-R: Councilman Matt Watson, AHA Sr. Development Director Kerin Spears, Mayor Sharon Weston Broome, AHA Government Relations Director Ashley Bridges, AHA Capital Area Board of Directors members Kristin Gradney and Coletta Barrett, AHA Go Red for Women Director Chelsea Moreau, and AHA volunteer Telisha Nicole.
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