Above: The VITAS team in Sacramento dressed in red for last year's Wear Red Day.
On Friday, February 1, 2019, VITAS employees around the country participated in the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign, raising awareness about heart disease and its status as a leading cause of death among women in the US.
In solidarity with the cause, employees wore red wherever they could put it, donning crimson garments and accessories from head to toe, and even applying a little matching makeup.
While the AHA recognizes National Wear Red Day on the first Friday in February, VITAS employees are encouraged to dress in red every Friday through the month. Heart disease and stroke are the top killers of women in the US—causing about 1 in 3 deaths among women annually. We believe the problem deserves more than a single day dedicated to raising awareness.
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VITAS and the AHA have a history of working in tandem toward a population with healthier, longer lives. In past years, the AHA has recognized VITAS as a Gold Award Fit-Friendly Workplace for the benefits we offer to employees, from healthcare plans that encourage preventative care to subsidized gym memberships and other wellness initiatives. In November 2018, the VITAS office in Lake and Sumter counties, Florida, presented a $50,000 grant to the AHA, funding three years of community education about heart disease.
Together, VITAS and the AHA are committed to improving awareness about the risks of heart disease. Keep an eye on our social media for pictures of VITAS employees around the country showing their support for the Go Red for Women campaign.