Featuring the well-known symbol, the red dress, Go Red for Women encourages women to take charge of their heart health.
Taking place during American Heart Month is National Wear Red Day, an iconic day that was started in 2003 by the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
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.
Fewer women than men survive their first heart attack. To help address this need, MinuteClinic - the retail walk-in medical clinic of CVS Health - is offering free "Know Your Numbers" heart screenings at its more than 1,100 locations nationwide on February 14, Valentine's Day. Select a favorite outfit in red and register by February 9 to attend the Go Red for Women event.
Louisiana residents, in particular, are at a higher risk of heart disease because of rising obesity levels, which can contribute to cardiovascular diseases. "Promoting awareness of women's health issues, including heart disease, is an important responsibility of the commission and its many collaborative partners".
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"Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, causing one in four deaths", said County Executive Mike Hein.
1 in 3 women die of heart disease or stroke, however 80% of cardiac events can be prevented with lifestyle changes.
Also, on National Wear Red Day the American Heart Association has set a goal to raise $800,000 to support essential educational programs and critical research that can save more lives.
"We'd love to see the whole community Go Red for Women this year".