Celebrate 10 Years Of Go Red For Women On Wear Red Day, February 1
Photo courtesy American Heart Association
SPOKANE, Wash.– Red will be the color of the day on Friday, February 1, 2013 as women, men, and local landmarks "go red" to join a nationwide effort in saving women from heart disease, their No. 1 killer. This will be the 10th National Wear Red Day since the American Heart Association (AHA) launched Go Red For Women® in 2004 to dispel myths and raise awareness about heart disease, which today claims about one life per minute.
Spokane Mayor David A. Condon and his wife Kristen will declare the proclamation for February 1 as Wear Red Day and February as American Heart Month in a brief ceremony at the Riverfront Park Clocktower at 11:00 a.m. The proclamation will be presented to the American Heart Association's local division, and the Clocktower will be one of the landmarks that will light up red for Wear Red Day. During the ceremony, Spokane's Step UP and Go initiative will kick off its City Challenge for heart month and red T-shirts will be given out to attendees who sign up to take the challenge to be more physically active.
"Thanks to Go Red, 330 less women are dying from heart disease every day. But still it remains to be the biggest threat to a woman's health and only about half of women are aware of this," said Catherine Grier, chair of the Go Red campaign and executive director, Connect Northwest. "We encourage everyone to participate on Wear Red Day and send a lifesaving message to women."
The AHA will also hold its annual Go Red For Women Luncheon on Wednesday, February 6 at the Spokane Convention Center to educate women and inspire them to support the cause. According to the AHA, women today are still less likely to seek treatment, less likely to receive needed therapies, and more likely to be charged higher health care premiums than men. In addition, heart disease research is still heavily focused on men. "The fight is far from over," said Greer. "The luncheon supports initiatives by the American Heart Association to gain equality for women in the study, prevention and treatment of heart disease." Event organizers hope to raise $150,000 for the AHA.
The Go Red For Women Luncheon is locally presented byProvidence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Holy Family Hospital, and sponsored by Vandervert Construction and Premera Blue Cross. Go Red For Women is nationally sponsored by Macy's and Merck.
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