Go Red for Women is crucial in driving local support to fund life saving research and to educate women. Though we have made great strides in the advancement of women's cardiovascular health, we still have far to go. We need your help now so that our mothers, sisters and daughters have a chance to fight this silent killer. By sharing a commitment to speak up, spread the word and support the research, you can help save lives.
For the past 15 years, the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement has worked tirelessly to save women’s lives from heart disease, their #1 killer. As a disease that in most cases can be prevented, Go Red is committed to ensuring women are represented in research, have access to healthy lifestyle education, and feel empowered to advocate for their health. Go Red is working in communities around the world so that women not only understand their greatest health threat, but take action to lower their risk.
In 2019, I worked closely with Go Red in NYC to educate women and shed light on important issues surrounding heart disease such as healthy eating, exercise, CPR, and mental health. This was achieved through a podcast series, a 21 Days of Gratitude Challenge on social media, a “Zen Den” station at the Go Red luncheon, as well as by providing “Clarity Capsules” for some of New York City’s top corporations and their employees.
For 2020, I am proud and excited to announce that I am embarking on another journey with Go Red for Women to address a crucial issue in our community – healthy food access. In the Bronx, where health outcomes rank last among all 62 counties in New York State, accessing fresh and affordable produce can be a challenge. While many Bronx residents can buy healthy, local fruits and vegetables during the warmer months at Farmer’s Markets, all market locations close before the end of the year, leaving few options for residents in the winter.
I am thrilled to share with you that I have organized funding for two highly trafficked Farmer’s Markets in the Bronx (Norwood and Lincoln Hospital) so that they can stay open during the winter months. The markets, operated by GrowNYC, will provide Bronx residents with a reliable and continuous source of affordable fruits and vegetables. Additionally, direct education at the markets will ensure that customers understand how to prepare available items in a healthful way. As a Bronx-native myself, it is very important to me that we assist this community and help them achieve better health and well-being.
It has been a privilege to work with the American Heart Association and Go Red for Women on these transformational projects. As many of you know, Go Red for Women is a cause very near and dear to me. I “Go Red” in honor of my mother who fortunately was able to live a longer life than expected due to AHA research that led to revolutionary medical advancements.
I hope you will stand alongside me and consider supporting this cause by making a donation to help me reach my personal goal of $25,000. Your support will save lives!
Thanking you from the bottom of my heart!