Anderson University’s EdD Program Director leads local movement to improve women’s heart health

Greenville, SC – The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, is proud to recognize Dr. Julie Smart as the Upstate 2023-24 Go Red for Women Chairperson. The Go Red for Women® movement is 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 in 2024, Dr. Smart will play a critical role by leading the Upstate in this women-focused campaign.

According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in women, claiming more lives than all cancers combined. Nearly 45% of women over age 20 are living with some form of CVD. Heart disease and stroke continue to be Upstate women’s greatest health threat.

“While serving on the local American Heart Association board, I was inspired to continue my volunteer efforts in the chair role for Go Red for Women this year for many reasons, particularly with a focus on women's health,” said Dr. Smart. “From a personal connection to heart health within my family to working with our future community leaders every day in my professional role, I recognize and emphasize the importance of health and well-being for all people, with a special emphasis on promoting women's cardiovascular health now and for generations to come.”

Go Red for Women is a global movement with an impact across the United States and in more than 50 countries around the world. This year’s Go Red for Women movement and its local achievements will be celebrated on April 10th, 2024 at the 2023-24 Upstate Go Red for Women Luncheon.

“We are so grateful to have Dr. Julie Smart as our Go Red for Women chair this year,” said Kelly Wilkins, American Heart Association, executive director. “Her passion for our mission and leadership will make a notable impact on the lives of women in our community and the families that depend on them.”

Go Red for Women is nationally sponsored by CVS Health. For more information contact UpstateAHA@heart.org or visit South Carolina | American Heart Association.

About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, X or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

About Go Red for Women®
The American Heart Association’s signature initiative, Go Red for Women®, is a comprehensive platform designed to increase women’s heart health awareness and serve as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of women globally. While the majority of cardiac events can be prevented, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women, claiming the lives of 1 in 3 women. For more than two decades, Go Red for Women has encouraged awareness. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power of women to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease. It challenges them to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them tools they need to lead a heart healthy life. The Go Red for Women movement is nationally sponsored by CVS Health, with additional support from national cause supporters. For more information, please visit GoRedforWomen.org or call 1-800-AHA-USA1 (242-8721).


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