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5/10/2017 Member News

On Friday, May 19, Kentuckiana women take action against their No. 1 killer

(Louisville, May 10, 2017) On Friday May 19, 2017 more than 900 women and men, decked out in red, will be inspired at the 14th Annual Go Red For Women Luncheon at the Louisville Marriott Downtown.

The Go Red For Women movement and the annual luncheon began because more women were dying from heart disease than men. Now it’s the world’s largest network of women raising awareness of the dangers of heart disease and stroke. And it’s making a difference! Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year—more than all cancers combined. Heart disease and stroke are the greatest health threats women face. They are the No. 1 and No. 5 killers of women over age 20.

“Women are very busy keeping up with the needs of their children, their spouses, their aging parents, often while building their careers and volunteering in the community.  The Go Red Movement is about raising awareness about the need for women to also take care of themselves, “said Jill Bell, VP Chief Marketing and Communications Officer of Passport Health Plan and chair of the Go Red for Women Luncheon. “It’s about empowering women to know their numbers and to improve their health and well-being. I encourage everyone to take time out for yourselves. Exercise, take a deep breath, pause, meditate, take a bubble bath… do whatever makes you happy. Let’s encourage each other and Go Red!”

The Go Red For Women Luncheon will feature a Macy’s survivor fashion show, health expo with breakout sessions and a cooking demonstration from culinary genius Chef Bobby Benjamin from Butchertown Grocery. The health expo and breakout sessions begin at 10:00, with the luncheon starting at 11:30. Rachel Platt from WHAS-11 will once again emcee the event.

“We have a need in Kentuckiana to engage a healthy lifestyle, with 41% of residents with high cholesterol and 32% with high blood pressure, American Heart Association has some work to do”, said Jane Merman, director of Go Red For Women. “Now is the time to make the change to impact the community in which we live.” In 2016, American Heart Association in Kentuckiana has trained 74,309 in CPR, engaged 62 companies on healthy worksite programs and has funded $22,200,000 in research projects” This demonstrates that events like Go Red For Women luncheon supports the local community.

Heart disease is largely preventable – it only takes the knowledge to become aware of the risks and make the right choices to prevent it. That is why the Go Red For Women movement calls on women to make the right choices to change the statistics and save lives.

Tickets to the luncheon include a networking, heart health expo, breakout session, a heart-healthy lunch and more. Tickets are $125 and sponsorship tables are still available. For more info, call (502) 371-6040 or visit

The Go Red For Women Luncheon is sponsored nationally by CVS Health and Macy’s and locally sponsored by Passport Health, Norton Heart Care and Delta Dental of Kentucky. Media support is provided by The Courier-Journal, WHAS-11, Today’s Woman and Play 106.9.