Wear Red Day 2011: Go Red for Women

Today is ‘National Wear Red Day 2011′. Join in wearing red to support the cause of fighting heart disease in women.
One of the ways that you can support ‘National Wear Red Day’ is to talk to five women in your life about heart disease. Betty White uses her humor to talk about the day. The American Heart Association says you can help save lives by telling five women you love that heart disease is the number one killer of women in order to raise awareness.
Betty White starts with three that she barely tolerates. But, she’s just joking, of course.

Wear Red Day 2011: Go Red for Women
Wear Red Day.

First lady Kathleen Sandoval urged Nevada women of all ages to join her in the fight against their main cause of death – heart disease – during the kickoff Wednesday of this year’s Go Red for Women campaign.
“Heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases are the No. 1 killer of women in the Silver State” – Sandoval, dressed in red, said during a news conference at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno.
The first lady said she worked with numerous women who had suffered strokes when she was a speech pathologist at Washoe Medical Center before it became Renown Regional Medical Center.
“As we all know, moms can never be sick” – said Sandoval, the mother of three. “It’s our responsibility to take care of everyone else. And so, I think it’s really important that this campaign focuses on making women … focus on themselves.”
Wednesday’s kickoff was held to raise public awareness about the American Heart Association’s national Wear Red Day on Friday and of the local campaign’s annual fundraiser, the Go Red for Women Luncheon on March 4 at the Atlantis.
The campaign aims to educate women about what they can do to live stronger, healthier lives and be champions of healthier lifestyles at home and at work.

In recognition of February as American Heart Month and February 4 as ‘National Wear Red Day’, Health and Senior Services Commissioner Doctor Poonam Alaigh encouraged both women and men to make healthier lifestyle choices to help reduce their risk of heart disease: the nation’s and New Jersey’s leading cause of death in both women and men.
First Lady Mary Pat Christie has announced that Drumthwacket, the official Governor’s residence, will be illuminated with red lights starting today and throughout the month of February to raise awareness of this critically important public health issue.
“Women are savvy health consumers, especially when caring for others. But when it comes to their own health, too many women are unaware that heart disease – and its prevention — is one of the most urgent health issues they face” – Alaigh said. “The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign helps raise awareness and empower women to make lifestyle changes that lead to longer, healthier lives.”
According to the American Heart Association, 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease, which if controlled, could reduce their risk. The following measures can help women reduce their risk:
1) Avoid smoking or using tobacco.
2) Exercise 30 minutes most days of the week.
3) Eat a heart healthy diet.
4) Maintain a healthy weight, and
5) Get regular health checkups to help you control your cholesterol, reduce blood sugar and manage your blood pressure.

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