ROBBINSVILLE — In 2013, the American Heart Association is celebrating its 10th anniversary of the Go Red For Women movement—a national initiative which focuses on raising awareness of cardiovascular health and wellness in women. Although the fight is far from over, this grassroots campaign has been impacting the lives of women by supporting research, providing community education and encouraging professional development focused on preventing and treating heart disease and stroke in women.
The impact of Go Red For Women has been massive, contributing to more than 627,000 female lives being saved from these deadly diseases during the past 10 years–which translates to 330 few women dying each day than compared to a decade ago.
National Wear Red Day For Women is celebrated by the American Heart Association each year in February. This is a day that companies, schools, community groups and individuals are encouraged to wear something red and make a donation towards the Go Red For Women movement. Although National Wear Red Day is a one day celebration, many New Jersey companies, schools and community groups have turned their support into a much longer awareness campaign, raising funds and sharing the lifesaving mission of the movement.
Recently, the American Heart Association honored New Jersey’s top Wear Red Day supporters of 2012 while urging their continued support throughout 2013.
Several Middlesex organizations were recognized by the American Heart Association as some of the state’s leading supporters in 2012, including JFK Medical Center which raised over $4,000, Johnson & Johnson which raised over $2,200, L’Oreal Consumer Products Division which raised over $3,600, Rutgers University which raised over $1,200 and South Plainfield Board of Education which raised $1,700 to support National Wear Red Day and support the Go Red For Women movement.
(L to R) Josephine Storch of Piscataway, Jayne Lendach of Dunellen and Florence Chukwuneke of Edison accept American Heart Association Go Red For Women Award on behalf of JFK Medical Center (Photo courtesy of the American Heart Association)
Mary Tricario of Milltown accepts American Heart Association Go Red For Women Award on behalf of Johnson and Johnson (Photo courtesy of the American Heart Association)
(L to R) Jacquelyn Olweck of East Brunswick, Jackie Jones of Cranbury and Ticia Schaub of Hamilton accept American Heart Association Go Red For Women Award on behalf of L’Oreal Consumer Products Division (Photo courtesy of the American Heart Association)
Bonnie Firestein (center) and Rutgers University students accept the American Heart Association Go Red For Women Award (Photo courtesy of the American Heart Association)
(L to R) Nancy Mercurio of Southe Plainfield, Joyce Drew of Piscataway accept the American Heart Association Go Red For Women Award with Heather Lopardo of Monroe (Photo courtesy of the American Heart Association)
Thanks to the participation of millions of people and companies across the country, the color red has become linked with strength that women have to band together and choose heart health so that they can live longer, stronger lives.
The American Heart Association notes that cardiovascular disease is still the No. 1 killer of women, causing one in three women’s death each year and that nearly 90% of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease. To learn more about the movement that is dedicated on changing these statistics and find out how you can help, visit www.goredforwomen.org.
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