Support Women’s Heart Health on National Wear Red Day

The American Heart Association is uniting with companies, community organizations, families and friends to “Go Red” on Friday, February 3 to spread the message that heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year – more than all cancers combined.
Thousands of New Hampshire residents will participate in National Wear Red Day by donating $5 to the Go Red For Women campaign. In turn, they will receive a red dress pin or wristband, and lifesaving heart health education. Some organizations will offer a heart healthy lunch and programs, organize healthy walks, or offer healthier foods in vending machines or cafeterias.
“This is such a simple way to raise awareness and celebrate heart health. By going red, we remind women, and all of us, about the importance of taking care of our hearts. February is the perfect time to learn more about your heart health and make positive, healthy changes,” said Dr. Jonathan Eddinger FACC, cardiologist at Catholic Medical Center.
Cardiovascular diseases kill about one woman every 80 seconds, but the good news is about 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases may be prevented. Let National Wear Red Day be a reminder to take care of your heart and learn your family history. It’s important to understand risk factors that you can control, such as blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol and lack of regular physical activity, and some you can’t control like age, gender and family history.  Schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider to discuss all risk factors, including the five numbers that can change your life – total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index (BMI).
Go Red For Women, nationally sponsored by Macy’s, inspires women to make lifestyle changes, mobilize communities and shape policies to save lives. When you get involved in supporting Go Red For Women by advocating, fundraising and sharing your story, you save more lives. According to the American Heart Association, about 293 fewer women in the U.S. die from heart disease and stroke each day thanks to community outreach and education efforts. United, we are working to improve the health of all women.
For more information on National Wear Red Day or to register your company or organization to participate, call the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association at (603) 263-8323 or visit www.heart.org/lifeiswhynh.

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