February Go Red campaign brings awareness to women, heart disease

The yearly event brings awareness to the fact that cardiovascular diseases and stroke cause 1 in 3 women's deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds.

The free event coincides with National Wear Red Day and will be held from 11 a.m.to 2 p.m.in the Professional Office Building of St. Catherine Hospital, 4321 Fir St., East Chicago. Everyone is encouraged to wear red that day. By going red, we remind women, and all of us, about the importance of taking care of our hearts.

The American Heart Association is encouraging everyone to wear red on National Red Day, which will be Friday, February 3rd. 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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One-third of women have talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans. United, we are working to improve the health of all women.

Heart disease claims the lives of more women than men every year, according to Go Red for Women.

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

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With over one in three women living with a form of cardiovascular disease, according to the AHA, almost half of those who are age 20 or over are black. Lighting the building red is one way the County can shine a light on heart disease and raise awareness of the information and resources available.

Louisiana residents, in particular, are at a higher risk of heart disease because of rising obesity levels, which can contribute to cardiovascular diseases. Women can take action to improve their overall health by making a few lifestyle changes, such as lowering their cholesterol, managing their blood sugar, exercising, and eating healthy.

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