Central Ohio women come together virtually once more to end heart disease and stroke
COLUMBUS, OH, Feb.10, 2022 — Today the American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, announced the 2021-22 Central Ohio Go Red for Women® Luncheon will return as a digital experience.
The Go Red for Women Luncheon, co-chaired by Ola Snow, Cardinal Health Chief Human Resources Officer, and U.S. Representative Joyce Beatty, is designed to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease – the leading cause of death for women in the U.S. – and to generate funds for cardiovascular research for women.
The signature event, held from 12–1 p.m. ET on Thursday, Feb. 17, will be streamed live. Featuring inspiring stories of survivors, the program is designed to drive a conversation that encourages women to think holistically about their health and wellbeing, highlight how the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted health, and shine a light on the inequities that women – especially women of color – face.
Women, particularly Black and Hispanic women, are disproportionately impacted by heart disease and stroke. Additionally, research shows that heart attacks in younger women are on the rise. Yet younger generations of women are less likely to be aware of their greatest health threat, and of the warning signs of heart attacks and strokes. That’s why it’s important for all women to take charge of their heart health and encourage others to do the same.
“I am honored to stand alongside the American Heart Association,” Snow said. “Together, we continue to accelerate community-based solutions that provide all women, at all stages of life, with the tools and resources they need to manage their risk for heart disease and stroke.”
Since 2004, Go Red for Women has had a profound impact on women’s health. As the trusted, passionate and relevant force to eradicate heart disease and stroke, the American Heart Association, through the Go Red for Women movement, remains steadfast and committed to meeting the comprehensive health needs of women at every life stage.
“I see remarkable stories of adversity and recovery every day. In fact, as a stroke survivor myself, I have my own remarkable story,” Beatty said. “I’ve seen and experienced firsthand how the work of the American Heart Association affects the lives of everyday Americans and I know we can amplify our message of self-care and prevention to save and improve the lives of more women than ever this year.”
Nancy Tobbe, executive director for the Central Ohio American Heart Association, said, “The fight to end heart disease and stroke in women is relentless and the American Heart Association remains committed to raising awareness of the No. 1 killer of women – cardiovascular disease – and funding lifesaving research for women’s heart health. We are thrilled to have Ms. Snow’s and Representative Beatty’s leadership, conviction and passion to help drive the Go Red for Women movement in Central Ohio. Together, we know that we will have a positive impact on the lives of women in our community, and on the families that depend on them.”
The Go Red for Women Luncheon has been an annual event in Central Ohio for 18 years. It has raised more than $10M over the past decade in support of the Go Red for Women movement. Yet cardiovascular disease remains the No. 1 killer of women, claiming the lives of more women than all forms of cancer combined.
Go Red for Women is nationally sponsored by CVS Health; the Central Ohio Luncheon is locally sponsored by the Big Lots Foundation and Cardinal Health. For more information and to register to attend the Go Red for Women Luncheon, please visit event.gives/columbusgored.
About Go Red for Women®
The American Heart Association’s signature initiative, Go Red for Women®, is a comprehensive platform designed to increase women’s heart health awareness and serve as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of women globally. 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 18 years, Go Red for Women has encouraged awareness. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power of women to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease. It challenges them to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them tools they need to lead a heart healthy life. The Go Red for Women movement is nationally sponsored by CVS Health, with additional support from national cause supporters. For more information, please visit GoRedforWomen.org or call 1-800-AHA-USA1 (242-8721).
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. 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 and Twitter.