Go Red for Women

For 11 years, the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement has been impacting the health of women through the collective energy, passion, time, money and HEART of the 25 million Americans who have supported the cause. 330 fewer women are dying per day but the fight is far from over.

In recognition of the 11th National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 7, 2014, the Knoxville American Heart Association is encouraging Knoxville women and men to “Go Red” along with local and national news outlets, organizations and leaders. Across the country, America is supporting the cause to stand up against heart disease in women.

Heart disease remains the No. 1 killer of women. For 30 years, more women than men have died each year from heart disease and the gap between men and women’s survival continues to widen. Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing the disease. Women who “Go Red” and get involved in the cause are more likely to make healthy choices.

The Go Red for Women movement was designed to spread awareness, to encourage women to focus on their heart health, and to advocate for policies that support research and science related to improving these statistics.

Events highlighting the Go Red for Women movement’s 11th anniversary will kick off during Heart Month in February.
• Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett will join the Knoxville American Heart Association in recognizing National Wear Red Day on, Friday, February 7th. Mayor Burchett will speak on the American Heart Association’s behalf at the annual mayoral proclamation, scheduled to take place at Physicians Regional Medical Center’s Emerald Room on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 at 2p.m. Tennova Healthcare, local Go Red for Women cause partner, and the American Heart Association will be providing educational booths and blood pressure screenings.
• On National Wear Red Day, Friday, February 7th, all Knoxville residents who support the cause are encouraged to join local news anchors, personalities, companies and corporations in wearing red to bring awareness to heart disease in women.
The Knoxville Go Red for Women campaign is nationally sponsored by Macy’s and locally sponsored by Tennova Healthcare.

About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America's No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook (Knoxville American Heart Association) and Twitter (@heartknoxville).

About Go Red For Women®
Go Red For Women® is the American Heart Association's national movement to end heart disease in women. We are committed to the fight, for as long as it takes. The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement advocates for more research and swifter action for women's heart health. The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement was created by women, for women. Because our health is non-negotiable, because we have the power to save our lives, and because the best force for women is women. The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement is nationally sponsored by Macy's, with additional support from our cause supporters. For more information, please visit GoRedForWomen.org or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278).

About Tennova Healthcare
Located in East Tennessee, Tennova Healthcare operates six acute-care hospitals and many other healthcare facilities across the region. More than 1,000 of the area’s leading physicians are on the active staff at Tennova facilities. As one of East Tennessee’s largest employers, Tennova has 5,000 associates dedicated to providing compassionate care using the latest medical technology. For more information visit www.tennova.com.

For more information about Wear Red Day, or if your company would like to participate in Wear Red Day, please contact Danica Clark at Danica.clark@heart.org or (865) 212-6507.

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