Toledo Go Red for Women digital luncheon Feb. 18

The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Luncheon goes digital today at noon, empowering women to take self-control over their heart health at any age.

TOLEDO, Ohio – The Northwest Ohio American Heart Association is holding its 2021 Toledo Go Red for Women DIGITAL Luncheon to help fight heart disease and stroke. The event aims to raise awareness of the number 1 cause of death in women: cardiovascular disease.

The event will be led by Lori Johnston, President of Paramount Health Care, a subsidiary of ProMedica, and sponsored nationally by CVS Health and locally by ProMedica and WTOL 11.

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With the evolving impact of the coronavirus in communities across the country, many women face new challenges that hold them back from their daily activities. The Go Red for Women Luncheons have been digitized nationwide to support women where they are and to continue to highlight the life-saving work of the association and the Go Red for Women movement. These signature events will be held as a virtual gathering to prioritize the safety and wellbeing of guests and families during the COVID-19 public health crisis.

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“Heart disease is the number 1 killer of women in our country. It is my privilege to chair Go Red For Women this year, ”said Johnston. “This event brings education and awareness to this deadly disease and raises funds to continue research to protect future generations. In my role as a female healthcare manager and as a person with a heart condition in my family, I know firsthand how important this work is. “

Lunch includes a digital exhibition hall, an educational program with keynote speaker Diana Patton, and inspirational stories from survivors. The digital event brings together local women and men and aims to raise $ 200,000 to support efforts to improve women’s heart health through research, professional and public education, and advocacy.

Although nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented, cardiovascular disease remains the number one health concern for women. One in three women in Toledo lives with some form of cardiovascular disease, and that number is increasing among younger women. To help prevent cardiovascular disease, the American Heart Association says women should know family health history, their numbers, and lifestyle changes, such as getting more exercise, eating smart, and managing their blood pressure. Risk factors that women can control include smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, sedentary lifestyle, poor diet, obesity / overweight, and diabetes.

This year marks the 17th anniversary of the American Heart Association’s nationwide founding of the Go Red for Women Movement and the 16th annual event in Toledo. Go Red for Women has its roots in raising women’s awareness that cardiovascular disease is the leading killer of women around the world.

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