Executive Leadership Team:
Aminy Inati Audi
Holly J. Hoehner
Marybeth K. McCall, MD
Julie Shimer, Ph.D.
Connie Monteleone Whitton
I want to thank you all for joining me in the fight against heart disease in women. This is an issue that hits close to home for me. My mother and cousin are both heart disease survivors.
Chances are the issue of heart disease hits close to home for you, too. One in three American women suffers from heart disease. It could be you, or one of the women you love. We all need to be aware of the signs of heart ailments, from knowing the risk factors, to paying attention to how we feel. We women tend to ignore the symptoms of a heart attack. We tend to say, “It can’t be happening to me,” or “I’m too young.” We need to put ourselves first in heart health.
Before the Go Red For Women campaign, women didn’t even think about heart disease as something that effected them. Today, because of the American Heart Association and Go Red For Women, there is a much higher awareness among women about how to recognize the signs of heart disease, and how to prevent it. Research shows 80% of cardiac events in women are preventable. We don’t often have control over things in our lives, but this is something we can control.
My work over the past year on this campaign has been an incredibly enjoyable experience. I have been able to meet women I may otherwise have never crossed paths with, and I get to see the impact the Go Red For Women movement is having on our community. The ability to give back has been a great reward.
I want to sincerely thank all of you for your commitment to fighting heart disease and protecting the hearts of women in our community.
Welcome to the Syracuse Go Red For Women Luncheon & Expo! We’re delighted you are here and appreciate your interest in learning how you can advance health, stop heart disease and save women’s lives. That’s what the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® movement is all about.
Heart disease isn’t just a man’s problem. It’s a woman’s problem, too. In fact, it’s the No. 1 killer of women. And, tragically, far too few women realize their risk from this preventable disease. We need to raise women’s awareness of their risk and protect our mothers, daughters, sisters, friends and ourselves.
You can help, starting today. Here’s how:
First, take charge of your own heart health. Visit your doctor. Know your numbers (learn more at www.GoRedForWomen.org). You can improve your blood pressure, cholesterol and other numbers by making lifestyle changes. You’ll be healthier and look and feel better, too.
Second, join the American Heart Association in making it your mission to fight heart disease in women. Help spread the word that heart disease is women’s No. 1 killer. Share what you learn today with your family and members of your community. Tell five women you want them to live and we can help stop heart disease in our lifetime.
Third and last, consider making a contribution. Your donation today will make a difference in the lives of women here and across the country. You can help fund local and national Go Red activities that support awareness, research, education and community programs that benefit women.
Thank you again for being here. My hope is that you won’t leave today without committing to making a difference by joining the Go Red For Women movement — women everywhere need your help. Only one in five women believes that heart disease is her greatest health threat. We believe reducing risk and preventing heart disease starts with education — and you. There’s so much to do, and so much at stake.
With your commitment, we can help women and their families live longer, stronger lives. Thank you for your generous support.
Chief Executive Officer
American Heart Association
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