VIRGINIA BEACH -- Stores, schools, healthcare organizations and community centers across Hampton Roads are joining organizations and companies across the nation in the effort to 'Go Red' to highlight symptoms and prevention of the #1 killer of all women heart disease.

Local volunteers for the American Heart Association, many of whom are women heart disease and stroke survivors, will be painting red dresses on windows across the area in February.

'We are extremely proud of our Norfolk District Women's Networking Group and their support of the American Heart Association's Go Red campaign,' said Cheri Phyfer, president of the Sherwin-Williams Southeastern Division.

The public is encouraged to wear red on Friday, Feb. 7 and visit participating locations all month long to learn more about women, heart disease, and positive lifestyle changes for optimal heart health.

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease affects one in three female adults and continues to be the leading cause of death in women.

For more information on the Go Red campaign visit

Paint the Town Red participants:

Store Fronts: Various Sherwin-Williams locations, Salon Chatta, The Beauty Parlor, Gymboree, Deb's Hair Studio, Ethereal Cupcakes, Knit Wits, K's Hair Co.

Schools: Lynnhaven Elementary, Fairfield Elementary, EW Chittum Elementary, Kempsville Meadows Elementary, Tallwood Elementary, Norfolk Highlands Primary, Camelot Elementary, Pembroke Elementary, Pembroke Meadows Elementary, Truitt Intermediate, Hugo Owens Middle, Elizabeth City Middle, Kempsville Middle, Salem Middle, Larkspur Middle, First Colonial High School, Grassfield High School, Norfolk State University, Virginia Wesleyan College and the Virginia Beach Education Association. The painting and fundraising campaign for Virginia Beach City schools was organized by the Virginia Beach Education Association.

Healthcare: South Hampton Memorial Hospital, Hampton VA Hospital, Albemarle Health, Prestige Diagnostic Services,

Community/Non-Profit: Port Discover, Deep Creek United Methodist, River City CDC, River City Youth Build, Elizabeth City Chamber of Commerce

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