The American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives, recently announced that Regina Foley, PhD, MBA, RN, senior vice president integration/transformation for Hackensack Meridian Health will serve as chairwoman for the American Heart Association 2020 Garden State Go Red for Women Luncheon.
The Go Red for Women Luncheon, one of the premier women’s events in Central New Jersey focused on cardiovascular health and wellness in women, aims to raise critical funds and awareness to help stop heart disease and stroke, which kill one woman every 80 seconds – more than all forms of cancer combined.
As a cornerstone piece of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement, this social-educational event focuses on uniting Central New Jersey communities to prevent, treat and beat these diseases in women. Nationally sponsored by CVS Health and Encompass Health and locally sponsored by RWJBarnabas Health and Capital Health and media sponsors NJBIZ, 1450 WCTC AM and Magic 98.3, this vibrant movement inspires women to make lifestyle changes, mobilize communities and shape policies to save lives.
Foley is passionate about sharing the message of Go Red for Women with women throughout the Garden State. In her role, she will engage local business and community leaders in empowering women to get informed about the risks of heart disease and stroke and to make healthy lifestyle changes.
“I’m excited to lead the charge for women’s heart and brain health in Central New Jersey,” stated Foley. “As women, we tend to focus on caring for everyone else, but we need to be aware of our risk factors. This movement empowers women to take control of their health and wellbeing.”
Foley began her career as a nurse at the Jersey Shore and then assumed several leadership positions. In her current role as senior vice president integration/transformation for Hackensack Meridian Health, she focuses on supporting Centers of Transformational Services and other administrative duties like mergers/acquisitions and affiliations but remains a nurse at heart.
“I am confident that the Go Red for Women movement has and will make a difference for women in New Jersey,” continued Foley. “Together, we have the power to impact individuals and communities to improve their health, decrease their risk and support one another in our wellness journeys.”
Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women. While 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases can be prevented through modest changes to diet and lifestyle, disparities in care, research and education for women’s heart and brain health continue to exist. The Go Red for Women Luncheon raises funds to support this lifesaving movement, supporting cutting-edge research, community programs and professional education focused on cardiovascular health.