Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s campaign to raise awareness about women’s risk of cardiovascular disease and empower them to take control of their heart health. It is a year-long campaign that culminates in February for Heart Month. All of the markets within the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate celebrate with events throughout February and into the spring.
Advocacy work goes hand in hand with the Go Red For Women movement in many ways. One way is our advocates work with their local government officials on proclamations that declare the first Friday in February as Wear Red Day. In North Carolina, the town of Matthews, Huntersville, Cary, and Winston-Salem passed proclamations. As did Spartanburg and Columbia in South Carolina, and Washington, D.C.
The District of Columbia took their support of Wear Red Day to the next level with several local councilmembers taking to social media to express their office-wide support. Councilmembers Brianne Nadeau of Ward 1, Jack Evans of Ward 2, and Charles Allen in Ward 6 sent out tweets to their followers of their offices dressed to the gills in their finest red. Councilmember Yvette M. Alexander emailed her constituents to urge them to be diligent in keeping their lives free of cardiovascular disease with helpful tips and facts.
Another great example happened in Charlotte, North Carolina, when advocate Dr. Sandra Burke presented to the Mecklenburg County Board of Directors about heart health and continuing collaborative efforts to improve the health of the local community. And here, the women of the Virginia General Assembly went red on 2/9 to bring awareness to heart disease.
Go Red is a nationwide movement that unifies communities in prevention and education about the risk factors and warning signs of cardiovascular disease. We are proud of the policies and changes you are influencing to make strides toward a world where we are free of heart disease and stroke.