Dept. of Health raising awareness on heart health for month of February

Posted February 02, 2017

Newborns across IN will don red caps IN February for American Heart Month.

Spokeswoman Shannon Hilaire says the event will feature a 1.5-mile dash from Miller Time Pub and Grill to the State Capitol.

Linzy Cotaya, senior communications director for the AHA in Louisiana, said heart disease causes one in three women's deaths annually, and 80 percent of women have at least one risk factor for heart disease.

The free event coincides with National Wear Red Day and will be held from 11 a.m.to 2 p.m.in the Professional Office Building of St. Catherine Hospital, 4321 Fir St., East Chicago.

Wear red on February 3.

Healthy eating, physical activity, weight management, stress management and making the decision to quit smoking, can all reduce the risks of heart disease for women. In 2002, the AHA established National Wear Red Day to raise awareness for women's heart disease.

Presler and fellow chapter members met Friday with local health department staff to discuss heart health for local women.

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Macy's at the Empire Mall is teaming up with the American Heart Association for the "Go Red for Women" campaign.

Traditionally, we think about men being the primary victims of heart disease, but each year, it claims the lives of hundreds of thousands of women.

"This is such a simple way to raise awareness and celebrate heart health".

Cardiovascular diseases cause almost one in three deaths in women each year or one death every 80 seconds.

Cardiovascular disease, or heart disease, is a term used that relates to the condition of the heart as well as the arteries and veins that bring blood to the organs.

The annual Go Red for Women program encourages women and their families to take action and live a healthier life.