Chattanooga Unites To Eliminate Heart Disease And Stroke In Women

  • Thursday, May 16, 2024

This year, more than 500 people dressed in red attended Chattanooga’s annual Go Red for Women Luncheon to honor survivors, celebrate advancements in heart health and chart a new course toward a world free of cardiovascular disease, which claims the lives of one in three women.

Chattanooga Go Red for Women Luncheon guests rallied at the heart-healthy event and raised $547,425 to save and improve women’s lives by advancing equitable research and care, advocating for inclusive health policies, and raising awareness of women’s number one health threat, cardiovascular disease.

Tracy Wood, CEO of Journey Health Foundation and Jasmin Rippon, vice president of Development and Philanthropy Officer of Journey Health Foundation served as the executive volunteer chairs of the 2024-2025 Chattanooga Go Red for Women movement, a comprehensive platform designed more than two decades ago to increase women’s heart health awareness and serve as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of women globally. As the American Heart Association celebrates its 100th birthday, Ms. Wood and Ms. Rippon played a critical role by leading Chattanooga in this global movement.

“Chattanooga's heart beats strong," said Ms. Wood. "Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and each and every one of you, we've surpassed our fundraising goals, reaching over half a million dollars. This empowers us to make a real difference in the lives of women in our community. Together, we're fostering a future where heart disease is no longer the leading cause of death for women. Let's keep the momentum going. Visit the website,, to learn more about how you can continue supporting the Go Red for Women movement.”

Since 2004, the Go Red for Women movement has addressed the awareness and clinical care gaps of CVD for women. As the movement celebrates 20 years of making an impact, the Association calls on all women to take charge of their health and make a lasting impact on the health and well-being of their community.

“We are thrilled with the success of this year AHA’s Go Red for Women’s luncheon," said Ms. Rippon. "To our sponsors, committee members, and dedicated attendees, your unwavering support of this vital initiative made it a resounding success. By empowering, educating, and raising awareness about women’s heart health, we can compose a brighter future, where every beat counts. Thank you."

As women grow and change so does their risk for cardiovascular disease. CVD is the leading cause of death in women, claiming more lives than all cancers combined. Nearly 45 percent of women over age 20 are living with some form of CVD. In fact, it’s the leading cause of maternal death in the U.S., or more simply put, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of new moms and pregnancy-related deaths are on the rise. Yet, younger generations of women, Gen Z and Millennials, are less likely to be aware of their greatest health threat, including knowing the warning signs of heart attacks and strokes. That’s why it’s important for all women to take charge of their heart health and encourage others to do the same.

For more information visit

Living Well
Morning Pointe Senior Living Celebrating National CNA Week June 13-19
Morning Pointe Senior Living Celebrating National CNA Week June 13-19
  • 6/12/2024

Morning Pointe Senior Living campuses across the Southeast are celebrating National Certified Nursing Assistants Week, June 13-19. Also known as CNAs, nursing assistants provide clinical ... more

Rep. Hakeem Encourages Black & Brown Communities To Donate On World Sickle Cell Day
  • 6/12/2024

Incumbent District 28 Representative Yusuf Hakeem will host a blood drive on Tuesday, June 19 to celebrate Juneteenth and World Sickle Cell Day. The drive will be held at Carver Community ... more

Second BREATHE. EASY. Mobile Lung CT Coach Arrives At CHI Memorial June 15
  • 6/11/2024

CHI Memorial, in partnership with GO2 for Lung Cancer, announces the addition of a second Breathe. Easy. mobile lung CT coach. Officials said, "The revolutionary concept takes an important ... more