In addition to his responsibilities as vice president of purchasing at Hutchings Automotive Products, SA, LLP, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Wesley Hutchings is devoted to his family and his community. A supporter of the American Heart Association, Wesley Hutchings helps this charitable organization continue its fight against heart disease through programs such as Go Red For Women.
With the number of women dying from cardiovascular disease totaling over 500,000 per year, the American Heart Association established the Go Red For Women program in 2004. Typically considered a “man’s disease,” heart disease is the number-one killer of women in the US. Go Red For Women not only raises awareness but also encourages women everywhere to take charge of their heart health by exercising, eating healthy, and getting regular checkups of their blood pressure and cholesterol, thereby reducing the number of heart attacks, strokes, and deaths.
With other organizations focused on women’s health, the red dress was chosen as the national symbol for the Go Red For Women initiative. The money donated by supporters like Wes Hutchings goes toward research in women’s heart health, educational tools for healthcare providers to use with their female patients, and community programs such as the Go Red Heart Checkup, which has drawn more than 2 million women in discovering their risk for heart disease.