NASHVILLE -- Nissan Stadium will turn "RED" on Friday, Feb. 5 from 4:30 p.m. – 12 a.m. in support of Ascension Saint Thomas and the American Heart Association's "National Wear Red Day" to help raise awareness of the threat of heart disease in women as part of the Go Red for Women movement.
Heart disease is deadlier than all forms of cancer combined, and past research has revealed that heart disease is the number one killer of women. To save lives and raise awareness of this serious issue, the American Heart Association launched 'Go Red for Women.'
"National Wear Red Day allows us to celebrate the expertise and innovation Ascension Saint Thomas and Ascension Saint Thomas Heart caregivers provide in delivering personalized care to the women of Middle Tennessee. This is especially important as the healthcare industry battles the COVID-19 pandemic," said Michelle Robertson, Chief Operating and Nursing Officer, Ascension Saint Thomas. "Ascension Saint Thomas is proud of our strong female clinical leaders who uniquely relate to the women whom we and the American Heart Association work tirelessly to serve and educate."
Cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke, kill nearly 1 in 3 women in each year. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases may be preventable with education and action. Education means understanding the numbers that affect heart health: total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index (BMI). Action means encouraging women to make simple lifestyle changes like eating better and getting active.
"Ascension Saint Thomas Heart and the American Heart Association do such critical work in raising awareness regarding heart disease in women's health. The Titans are proud to help support their efforts," said Tina Tuggle, Titans Vice President, Community Impact. "Ascension Saint Thomas continues to be a powerful partner with the Titans in helping us keep our community healthy."
In addition to Nissan Stadium, other Nashville buildings and iconic landmarks lighting up red to support heart disease awareness include: Adventure Science Center pyramid, Batman Building, Belmont Fountains, Bridgestone Arena, Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge, Capitol Building, Opry, Ryman, Saint Thomas Midtown, Saint Thomas West, Saint Thomas Rutherford, and Tennessee Performing Arts Center, among others.
ABOUT ASCENSION SAINT THOMAS
In Tennessee, Ascension Saint Thomas operates nine hospitals in addition to a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, clinics and rehabilitation facilities that cover a 68-county area and employ more than 8,000 associates. Across the state, Ascension Saint Thomas provided more than $137 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2019. Serving Tennessee for 15 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., operating 2,600 sites of care – including 150 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Visit www.Ascension.org.