Go Red for Women® Luncheon: Hampton Roads women come together virtually once more to end heart disease and stroke

American Heart Association’s famous community impact movement returns to Hampton Roads

Today the American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, announced the 2022 Hampton Roads Go Red for Women® Luncheon will return to our community in a digital experience style.

This signature event will be held on National Wear Red Day, Friday, February 4, 2022, from 12pm-1pm. The event will be hosted by WAVY-TVs, Anita Blanton, include inspiring survivor stories, highlight local Women of Impact, community leaders and feature Maia Chaka, the latest trailblazer to break race and gender barriers in sports.

Dr. Cynthia Romero

The Go Red for Women Luncheon, chaired by Dr. Cynthia Romero, Director of the Brock Institute at Eastern Virginia Medical School, 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 for women.

“The fight to end heart disease and stroke in women is relentless, and since our last digital luncheon event in February 2021, the American Heart Association has remained committed to raising awareness of the No. 1 killer of women – cardiovascular disease – and funding lifesaving research for women’s heart health,” said Romero. “According to the American Heart Association, heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases take the lives of more women than all forms of cancer combined. This year, I’m particularly thrilled to focus on cardiovascular disease in Southeast Asian and minority communities as many of these women silently suffer, not knowing that they have some form of cardiovascular disease that can be prevented.”

“It’s not just about wearing red. It’s not just about sharing heart-health facts. It’s about all women standing together with Go Red for Women — because 1 in 3 women die from cardiovascular diseases and losing even one woman is too many,” said MeShall Hills, Executive Director for the American Heart Association Hampton Roads.

Since 2004, Go Red for Women has had a profound impact on women’s health. As the trusted, passionate, and relevant force to eradicate heart disease and stroke, through the Go Red for Women movement, the American Heart Association remains steadfast and committed to meeting the comprehensive health needs of women — at every life stage.


Go Red for Women is nationally sponsored by CVS Health and the Hampton Roads luncheon is locally sponsored by Sentara Optima Health. For more information and to register to attend the Go Red for Women Luncheon, contact (816) 808- 0674 or visit http://hamptonroadsgrfw.heart.org. The more a woman knows about heart disease, the better chance she has of beating it.


About Go Red for Women®

The American Heart Association’s signature initiative, Go Red for Women®, is a comprehensive platform designed to increase women’s heart health awareness and serve as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of women globally. While nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women, claiming the lives of 1 in 3 women. For 18 years, Go Red for Women has encouraged awareness. The movement harnesses the energy, passion, and power of women to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease. It challenges them to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them tools they need to lead a heart healthy life. The Go Red for Women movement is nationally sponsored by CVS Health, with additional support from national cause supporters. For more information, please visit GoRedforWomen.org or call 1-800-AHA- USA1 (242-8721).


About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources.