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Go Red Day – Friday, February 3

Did you know? Each day the average heart beats (expands and contracts) 100,000 times and pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood. What is Go Red For Women? Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s national call to increase awareness of heart disease – the leading cause of death for women – and to inspire women to take charge of their heart health. Women who understand their risks of heart disease, and know the steps to prevent it, are better equipped to avert this serious and mostly preventable threat to their health. Throughout the month of February, I’ll be sending you short posts about improving heart health. February 3 kicks off the Go Red for Women Campaign described below: Topeka (February 3, 2006) — Thousands of Americans will help women fight heart disease when they participate in the third year of the Go Red For Women initiative during February. Go Red For Women began in February 2004 to raise awareness that heart disease is the Number 1 killer of women. According to an American Heart Association survey, only 13 percent of women consider cardiovascular disease their greatest risk. Cardiovascular disease causes about a death a minute among females. In 2003, 55% of all CVD deaths in Kansas were in women, compared to 53 % of all CVD deaths in women nationally.

The presence of certain risk factors increases a woman’s chance of developing cardiovascular disease. In Kansas in 2004:

  • 1 in 4 adult females were diagnosed with high blood pressure
  • 1 in 3 adult females had high blood cholesterol (among those who ever tested for blood cholesterol)
  • 1 in 6 adult females were current cigarette smokers
  • About 1 in 4 adult females were obese
  • 1 in 14 adult females were diagnosed with diabetes

The campaign provides women tips and information on healthy eating, exercise, and risk factor reduction, such as smoking cessation, weight management, blood pressure control and blood cholesterol management.

Activities across Kansas and the country include:

  • Governor Sebelius signs proclamation. Governor Sebelius will sign a proclamation on January 30 that proclaims February 3 to be Go Red for Women day in Kansas.
  • State legislators wear red. On February 2, the Governor and state legislators will be dressing red for pictures at the Capitol.
  • National Wear Red Day. A national observance created by the American Heart Association, on Feb. 3, thousands of people, including employees at more than 3,000 companies, national and local news anchors and talk-show hosts will wear red to support the cause. The red dress and the color red are symbols for women and heart disease and Go Red For Women movement.
  • National landmarks and monuments. National and local landmarks — including the Seattle Space Needle, Niagara Falls, the Empire State Building, Graceland and more — will be illuminated in red during February, which is American Heart Month, to further raise awareness of women and heart disease.

Get some good resources by visiting these web sites:

http://www.goredforwomen.org/

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/hearttruth/index.htm

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