NH Unites Digitally to Fight Heart Disease, Stroke in Women at March 11 Go Red for Women Luncheon

The 2021 New Hampshire Go Red for Women® Luncheon, our statewide, signature event will be held on March 11th as a digital experience. Johanna L. Beliveau, President and Chief Executive Officer, Visiting Nurse and Hospice for VT and NH, and Talesha Saint-Marc, Shareholder with Bernstein Shur, have agreed to serve as co-chairs of the Go Red for Women campaign in New Hampshire.

Erin Fehlau

The Go Red for Women Luncheon is designed to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death for women in the United States, as well as generate funds for lifesaving cardiovascular research. Erin Fehlau, Anchor of News 9 Daybreak and Host of NH Chronicle on WMUR-TV, will emcee the program which will feature inspiring survivor stories, heart disease and stroke education, and an exciting silent auction.

Johanna Beliveau

“I am thrilled to co-chair the Go Red for Women Luncheon this year and help to educate more New Hampshire families about the warning signs of heart disease and stroke, and to support the important research of the American Heart Association happening right here in our state,” said Beliveau.

Go Red for Women launched in 2004 to empower women to reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease, which continues to be the leading killer and is on the rise in younger women. However, nearly 80% of cardiac events may be prevented. To protect their health, women should understand family health history, know their numbers – the five key personal health numbers that help determine risk for heart disease: total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index – and make lifestyle changes like moving more, eating smart and managing their blood pressure.

Talesha Saint-Marc

Talesha Saint Marc, event co-chair and one of the Union Leader’s 40 under 40, said, “There is an urgent need for the government, public health organizations, health care professionals and community organizations to join forces to improve awareness of and provide solutions for heart disease in women, particularly among young women and women in diverse communities.”

New findings from an Association special report published in September 2020 analyzing 10-year trends in women’s awareness that cardiovascular disease is their greatest health threat, show critical gaps in awareness among younger women. The trend is prevalent in women ages 25-34 and in Black and Hispanics of all ages.

The New Hampshire Go Red for Women Luncheon is sponsored nationally by CVS Health and locally by Hannaford Supermarkets, Visiting Nurse and Hospice for VT and NH, The Bayson Company, WMUR-TV, New Hampshire Magazine/New Hampshire Business Review, WZID FM, and Great Eastern Radio.

For more information about the 2021 New Hampshire Go Red for Women Luncheon please visit NHGoRed.heart.org or email Caela.Goumas@Heart.org.