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Fight Against Heart Disease By Supporting National Wear Red Day

Sydney A. Braat

Wear red to show you support for the American Heart Association. (Photo: www.facebook.com)

Join the thousands of Long Islanders who will wear red on Friday, February 3rd to spread the message that heart disease and stroke cause one in three deaths among women each year. The American Heart Association is uniting with companies, community organizations, families, and friends, to "Go Red" and "Glow Red" on National Wear Red Day.

By donating $5 to the Go Red For Women campaign, you will receive a red dress pin or wristband as well as lifesaving heart health education. This campaign applies to everyone! Some organizations will even offer heart healthy lunches and learn programs, organize healthy walks, or offer healthier foods in vending machines or cafeterias. Landmarks and buildings around New York State will also illuminate in red to help raise awareness to women's heart health. It's an extremely simple way to raise awareness in our local communities.

Cardiovascular diseases kill about one woman every 80 seconds, but about 80 percent of cardiovascular disease may be prevented. There's hope! This day is about raising awareness and understanding the risk factors that you can so simply control, like blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol, and lack of regular physical activity.

Schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider to discuss all risk factors. Go Red For Women is nationally sponsored by Macy's who inspire women to make lifestyle changes, mobilize communities, and shape policies to save lives. According to the American Heart Association, about 293 fewer women in the U.S. die from heart disease and stroke each day thanks to their community outreach programs.

Later this month, the Long Island American Heart Association will host its 16th annual "Go Red For Women" Luncheon. The event will take place on Wednesday, February 15th, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. Tickets are $175.

For more information or to register your company or organization to participate, call the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Long Island office at 516-962-0794 or email Jessica DiMeo at Jessica.DiMeo@heart.org, or visit www.heart.org.

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