The American Heart Association announced today that Santander Bank, N.A. has signed on as the City Goes Red Partner for the Go Red For Women campaign in Boston. Santander has made a commitment to support and help create awareness about heart disease and stroke specifically as it pertains to women.
“Santander is proud to support the American Heart Association in its efforts to raise awareness about the prevalence of heart disease and to inform women about how they can reduce their risks,” said Kathy Klinger, Chief Marketing Officer at Santander. “As part of this effort, we’re dedicated to promoting education and healthy lifestyles among our colleagues, our customers and the communities we serve.”
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women – killing more women than all forms of cancer combined. Most women don’t notice the symptoms of heart disease until it’s too late, which is why heart disease has been called the silent killer. The Go Red For Women campaign, encourages individuals to speak up, to know the signs and symptoms of heart disease and to help spread awareness.
“Our new relationship with Santander will allow us to reach even more women as we fight their number one killer, heart disease,” said Heather Maloney, Director of Go Red For Women with the American Heart Association in Boston. “We are thrilled to partner with Santander and grateful for their support which will help us give more women the knowledge to make life-saving choices every day.”
According to the American Heart Association, more than 42 million American women are living with one or more types of cardiovascular disease, yet only one in five women view heart disease as their greatest health threat. Go Red For Women challenges women to know their risk for heart disease and to take action to reduce their personal risk. Additionally, the cause plays a leading role in providing women with the tools they need to lead heart-healthy lives.
As part of Santander’s support of the Go Red For Women campaign, the company will be involved in year-round awareness activities with the American Heart Association. Santander participated in the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 7th, encouraging employees and customers to wear red in order to help raise awareness for the campaign. In addition, the company will host a forum, “Improve your Financial Health” at the Boston Go Red For Women Luncheon & Educational Forums on March 18th, where over 500 community leaders will come together to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke.
Additionally, Santander’s partnership will support the American Heart Association’s Community Impact Grants program in Greater Boston. The Greater Boston Division of the American Heart Association recognizes the need to partner with community-based organizations that are working toward its mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. The American Heart Association awards $125,000 in grants to engage individuals and organizations throughout the region to build a sustainable culture of health in our communities so that all Americans can live in an environment that supports healthy behaviors, timely and quality care, and overall well-being. Funding of the Greater Boston Division Community Impact Grant program, made possible through Santander’s sponsorship, will help ensure that these activities continue and that new, creative projects and partnerships are developed.
Santander Bank, N.A. is a top 25 retail bank in the United States by deposits. Its main corporate offices are in Boston and it operates principally in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Santander’s 9,469 employees serve its 1.8 million customers through the Bank’s 706 branches, 2,084 ATMs, call centers, website and mobile app. Supervised by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Santander in the United States is a wholly-owned, financially autonomous subsidiary of Banco Santander (NYSE: SAN), a global commercial and retail bank. For more information about Santander, visit www.santanderbank.com or call 877-768-2265.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Our mission is to build healthier lives by preventing, treating and defeating these diseases — America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit www.heart.org.