American Heart Association powers up for Heart Month

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According to the American Heart Association, “heart disease is still the number one killer of women.”  Activities are planned throughout the month to increase awareness and fight heart disease.

Local activities include:

Friday, February 7:

From 10a.m. to 4p.m. volunteers for the American Heart Association will offer health screenings, lead exercise routines and share vital information for women.  Go Red for Women giveaways will be offered at the top of every hour.  This all happens at the indoor entrance to Macy’s at Glenbrook Square Mall.  Participants are encouraged to wear red.

Friday, February 7:

In support of National Wear Red Day, the MLK Bridge and the Wells Street Bridge in downtown Fort Wayne will display the color red.

Thursday, February 20:

A Pinot & Prevention Party is planned, beginning at 5:30p.m. at McMillen Center for Health Education, 600 Jim Kelley Blvd.  This event is designed to remind women to put their health first and includes a mix of fun, health education, wine tasting, food and a dark chocolate fountain with fruit for dessert.   Tickets are $20, and reservations are requested.  To RSVP and for more information call 260-485-9890.  This event is open to those age 21 and over.

Friday, February 21:

A special program, The Ties that Bind will offer the health screenings, demonstrations and the following workshops:

  • Health Advocacy and Literacy
  • Communications to Reduce Barriers to Health Information
  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart Disease and Stroke
  • Living Will
  • End of Life Decisions
  • Researching and Documenting Family Health History

This will be held from 9a.m. to Noon at the Allen County Main Library (900 Library Plaza Drive). Contact Dr. Ruby Cain at rcain@bsu.edu or 765-285-926 for more information or to volunteer.

The Go Red for Women campaign is the American Heart Association’s answer to save women’s lives.  Everyone is encouraged to wear red on February 7 to increase awareness of this largely preventable health problem.

Here are a few reasons to Go Red for Women from the American Heart Association.

  • Heart disease is the number one killer of women, yet only one in five American women believe heart disease is her greatest threat.
  • With the right information, education and care, heart disease in women can be treated, prevented and even ended.
  • One in three women dies from heart disease.
  • Women who Go Red are more likely to make healthy choices.
  • Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease: risks that are similar to those for stroke.

This year celebrates the tenth year for National Wear Red Day.  For more about this campaign visit the website.

MLK Bridge "Goes Red"

National Wear Red Day

National Wear Red Day

 

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