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February is American Heart Month!

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Join us this week for National Wear Red Day®, Friday, February 5.

The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women are asking for your support by participating in National Wear Red Day® on Friday, February 5, 2016.

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We Go Red

Why Go Red?

Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Fortunately, we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action. That’s why this year we are asking that you wear red on National Wear Red Day®. By doing so you help support educational programs to increase women’s awareness and critical research to discover scientific knowledge about cardiovascular health.

What does women’s heart health have to do with sodium?

Quite a bit! Keeping sodium in check is just one part of the overall heart-healthy eating pattern the American Heart Association recommends. This pattern emphasizes fruits, vegetables and whole grains; includes low-fat dairy products, poultry, fish and nuts; and limits red meat, sweets and sugar-sweetened beverages. Following this pattern should help you limit not only the sodium you eat but also the saturated fat and trans fat you eat.

How can you make women’s heart health a priority?

Schedule (or encourage others to schedule) a Well-Woman Visit. This visit is a prevention check-up to review a woman’s overall health so her doctor can:

  • measure blood pressure
  • check cholesterol, and
  • look for signs of heart disease, stroke and other illnesses.

We couldn’t make positive changes without the support and donations by individuals like you.