February 1, 2013
Last night, on the eve of the National Wear Red Day® 10th Anniversary, women and men joined together for a lighting ceremony hosted by Go Red For Women to commemorate the first U.S. landmark to turn red – the iconic Macy’s tower in Herald Square.
The event commenced with a performance by the cast of STOMP and included special guest speakers Sarah Bazey (Mrs. International 2012), Star Jones, Judy Kaye and Valisia LeKae.
Star Jones, the American Heart Association’s national volunteer, shared her excitement about how she is Going Red, and invited women around the country to kick off National Wear Red Day® at the event.
“I’m even more passionate about Going Red than ever before,” says Jones. “Not only am I wearing Red every day of February, but I have also launched a Fitness Challenge so ladies can join me in getting fit throughout American Heart Month.
“Today, I challenge each of you to consider becoming a [Go Red For Women] member or a volunteer. Call your local office, or visit GoRedForWomen.org and learn how you can get involved. It is my personal mission to put an end to heart disease,” she adds, “and I couldn’t be more thrilled to work with Go Red For Women to make that happen. I believe that we can stop our No. 1 killer together.”
Additionally, some of Broadway’s hottest talents attended the event, including Judy Kaye from Nice Work If You Can Get It, with performances from Motown’s Valisia LeKae and the cast of STOMP also participating in the event!
“In my years of singing and dancing on Broadway I am passionate about staying healthy so I can perform. This is a great moment to remind all the women in our lives who play so many different roles to take care of your heart health and be aware of the warning signs of heart disease. I hope you will tell your mother, sister and friends to Go Red tomorrow and continue the movement that was started nearly 10 years ago,” shared Judy Kaye.
Go Red For Women’s nine real women combating heart disease also attended the event, helping show the many faces and share the many stories of heart disease in women. Further, 330 red glowsticks were dispersed among the audience to commemorate the number of women’s lives saved each day since the launch of the campaign.
The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women is asking America to take the Go Red Challenge in celebration of the 10th National Wear Red Day® starting on February 1, 2013. Wear red, Go Red, or paint your community red, and then share your pictures with Go Red For Women here or on our Facebook page through February 28 to get involved.
“An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease, yet only one in five women believe heart disease is her greatest health threat,” said Dr. Jennifer Mieres, Professor of Cardiology attending cardiologist and Senior Vice President of Community and Public Health at North Shore – LIJ Health System. “That’s why it’s so important to understand your personal risk factors and often-overlooked common symptoms, and to share that information with the women you love.”
Now, the whole country is Going Red. Local Go Red For Women events will be held across America the month of February, featuring screenings of a new “10 Years of Fighting Heart Disease in Women” video, and appearances by local celebrities and heart disease survivors. Call your local AHA office to learn more or go to Heart.org to become a volunteer.