Big Lots and the American Heart Association

2024 Go Red for Women Class of Survivors: Kylie, Marissa, and Dipka

National Wear Red Day® and American Heart Month

National Wear Red Day was Friday, February 2, 2024. Thank you to everyone who went BIG to support women’s cardiovascular health by wearing red, sharing information and resources, and collecting vital funds to support research and education.
Three women from the 2024 Class of Real Women all wearing red and holding hands

The Nation Goes Red in February

From landmarks to online communities, neighborhoods to news anchors, this annual groundswell unites millions of people for a common goal: the eradication of heart disease and stroke.

Wear red to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and help save lives. Why? Because losing even one woman to cardiovascular disease is too many.

Why I Go Red

Big Lots Employee Sarah Hoyle

My mom had her first heart attack at age 39. I remember standing there in shock for a few seconds before dialing 911. I’ll never forget watching her being taken away on a stretcher. I was so scared I’d lose her right then and there at just 8 years old. But my mom overcame, and though she continued to battle heart disease, she made lifestyle changes that allowed her to continue living until she was 53 when, despite all her efforts, she finally succumbed to heart disease. My life changed completely that day. I thought it would be the end of me, but losing my mom inspired me to better my chances at a healthy life.

In honor of my mom, I have decided to go red by committing to my health by eating a clean diet and undertaking a consistent exercise routine. I’m in the process of becoming a certified personal trainer and nutritionist. As someone with a family history of heart issues, I am going to work hard to stay healthy so I can live as long as possible.

Sarah Hoyle
District Training Manager,
Big Lots Store 1134

Big Lots employee Geri Thermar at a Heart Walk event

I go red and fight for women’s heart health because I lost my mom to a stroke, and have survived two mini strokes myself. These experiences were major drivers that pushed me to make healthy life changes like improving my diet, working out daily, and striving to be more active in everything I do.

Geri Themar
District Manager, Big Lots
Big Lots Women’s BRG Member

Take Charge of Your Heart Health!

Big Lots Associates showing support for Wear Red Day

Go Red Gear

Pins, pamphlets, shirts and more! We have everything you need to Go Red to
raise awareness, show your support and help fund our mission with every purchase.
Shop & Go Red!

Need Help?

If you have questions about how you or your company can Go Red, email us!

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