dglobalnews.com Ulster County Building to Highlight 'National Wear Red Day'
Published: Thu, February 02, 2017
Medical | By Benjamin Edwards

Ulster County Building to Highlight 'National Wear Red Day'

The month of February is heart month and there are several events happening locally that people can attend to make sure they are doing everything they can to keep a healthy heart.

Heart disease is the number one cause of death for men and women in the United States, according to the American Heart Association.

Seeing red is not a bad thing on National Wear Red Day Feb. 3. It kicks off the AHA initiative to bring attention to heart disease as the top killer of women.

Take the first step to join together for heart health. The American Heart Association (AHA) and its program, Go Red for Women, puts the spotlight on heart disease in women each February.

In 2003, the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute launched the "Go Red for Women" campaign to bring awareness to a disease that was claiming the lives of almost 500,000 American women each year. When you get involved in supporting Go Red For Women by advocating, fundraising and sharing your story, you save more lives.

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"This is such a simple way to raise awareness and celebrate heart health".

More than 800,000 people in the US die from heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases each year.

Louisiana residents, in particular, are at a higher risk of heart disease because of rising obesity levels, which can contribute to cardiovascular diseases. One hundred percent of the red dress pin sales goes towards Go Red For Women.

Women who are involved with the Go Red For Women movement live healthier lives.

"We encourage everyone to engage in preventative actions such as education, health screenings, a commitment to healthy habits and regular doctor visits to protect against heart disease", said Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari.

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