Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s global initiative to end heart disease and stroke in women as it is their leading cause of death. Launched in 2004 to close the gap in awareness, Go Red quickly expanded into a worldwide movement dedicated to removing the barriers women face to achieving good health and wellbeing.
Go Red strives to inspire and empower women to take charge of their health with an emphasis on improving diet, increasing physical activity, and managing blood pressure. In addition, Go Red is dedicated to closing gender gaps in research and STEM careers while improving access to care, advocating for change through public policy, and much more. In its 16 years, it has raised more than $600 million to help reach these goals.
The American Heart Association will celebrate 16 years of progress at the annual Twin Cities Go Red for Women Evening of Empowerment on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, from 5-8 p.m. at the Depot in Downtown Minneapolis. The event, featuring a new format, will boast curated bites, networking, a silent auction with interactive stations, and a program with inspiring speakers including Rebecca Siedel, VP and general manager of Medtronic AF Solutions and 2020 Twin Cities Go Red chair; Maureen Smith, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Minnesota United FC; Dr. Jennifer Hall, chief of Institute for Precision CV Medicine, American Heart Association; and live performances from Larkin Dance Studio and singer Dayna Koehn. Tickets and tables can be purchased here.
The American Heart Association will also host a free family event on Saturday, February 8, 2020, at the Go Red Health Expo at the Mall of America. The event will feature a student-designed fashion show, a dog fashion show, CPR training, dancing, singing, and more family-friendly fun.