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Front Page - Friday, September 27, 2019

Hite leading American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women fundraising campaign




Realtor Mark Hite will lead the American Heart Association’s 2020 Chattanooga Go Red for Women Luncheon campaign. The luncheon is scheduled for May 8 at The Chattanooga Trade and Convention Center. The Chattanooga Go Red for Women movement will raise funds and awareness for women’s heart and brain health.

“One in three women die from cardiovascular disease. Eighty percent of these deaths could be avoided if caught early and treated,” says Hite, who leads the Mark Hite Team at Keller Williams Greater Downtown Realty. “For these reasons, I’m passionate about spreading the word about the Go Red movement.”

Hite and leadership from two other area companies are investing their time and talents in the AHA as it addresses the leading health threats in the Tennessee Valley – cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Chantelle Roberson is the assistant vice president and senior regulatory counsel at Unum. She will chair the Chattanooga Heart Walk taking place Oct. 26 at AT&T Field.

The Heart Walk is an opportunity for the community to learn about living a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise, adding color to one’s diet and relieving stress. The event also honors cardiovascular disease and stroke survivors.

Caroline Walker is the market president at BB&T. She will serve as chair of the Chattanooga Heart Ball Feb. 8 at The Chattanoogan Hotel.

The Heart Ball is popular for its live and silent auctions, which typically offer unique items and experiences. The 2020 Heart Ball will also include the second annual Pulse Party for young professionals.

Hite, Roberson and Walker have built teams consisting of local business and community leaders for each event.

The AHA is working across Tennessee and the nation to raise awareness and improve high blood pressure rates, address the increased risk of stroke, ensure access to quality health care and fund research.

“We’re at a crossroads for improving the health of our community,” says Emily Fuller, AHA executive director. “Our region has a high prevalence of heart disease and is part of the ‘stroke belt,’ an area across the southeastern U.S. where the risk of stroke is considerably higher.

“Having dedicated leaders involved with our organization’s mission will be instrumental in helping achieve meaningful health and well-being improvements for the people of Chattanooga and across Tennessee.”

“I encourage my Realtor peers to join me on the Circle of Red and help spread information throughout our community,” Hite added.

Learn more at heart.org/chattanooga.

Source: AHA