The American Heart Association announced Jamie Burgess, senior vice president at Hancock Whitney, as the community volunteer chair of the 2022-2023 Baton Rouge Go Red for Women movement. Go Red for Women is a worldwide initiative of the American Heart Association designed to increase women’s heart health awareness and serve as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of women locally, nationally, and globally.
Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States, claiming more lives each year than all forms of cancer combined. Cardiovascular disease continues to be a woman’s greatest health threat, taking the life of one in every three women.
“I, like many of us, have a family history of heart disease. It is one of the most prevalent health conditions in our country but is largely preventable,” said Burgess. “Seeing firsthand how the work of the American Heart Association affects the lives of everyday Americans inspired me to chair the Go Red Movement this year, and I know we can take our message of physical fitness, self-care, and prevention to even more women than ever this year.”
“We are thrilled to have Jamie Burgess’ experience, conviction, and passion help to drive Go Red in Baton Rouge. Together, we know that we will have a positive impact on the lives of women in our community and the families that depend on them,” said Kerin Spears, executive director, American Heart Association, Greater Baton Rouge.
This year’s Go Red for Women movement and its local achievements will be celebrated on March 16 at the 2023 Baton Rouge Go Red for Women Luncheon, sponsored by Our Lady of the Lake Heart and Vascular Institute.