Thursday, January 31, 2013
In its ongoing effort to elevate public awareness about heart disease, the American Heart Association’s Go Red For WomenŽ movement and MUSC Health is teaming up to share the truth about the No. 1 killer of women. Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease and one in three women die of heart disease.
That’s why Go Red For Women is asking the Lowcountry to participate in the 10th Annual National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 1, 2013, to make ending heart disease a reality.
“Every minute, cardiovascular disease kills a women. Mother. Sisters. Daughters. It’s women’s number one killer,” says Dr. Marian Taylor, MUSC Heart and Vascular cardiologist, Women’s Heart Care Program. “Being aware of the risk of heart disease is important because it’s the first step in taking action to lower risk and live a long and healthy life.”
For 10 years, women have been fighting heart disease individually and together as part of the Go Red For Women movement. More than 627,000 women’s lives have been saved, thanks to the collective energy, passion, time, money and HEART of the 25 million Americans who have supported this movement. But the fight is far from over.
Because our health is non-negotiable, because women have the power to save lives, and because the best force for women is women. Together, we can end heart disease.
In celebration of the 10th National Wear Red Day on February 1, 2013, nearly 200 storefronts in the Lowcountry are participating in “Paint the Town Red.” The Sherwin-Williams downtown and Summerville locations have generously donated cans of red paint and brushes to the American Heart Association in Charleston. Volunteers for the nonprofit, many of whom are heart disease survivors, are painting red dresses on store fronts in an effort to raise awareness that heart disease is the number one killer of women.
In addition to the Paint the Town Red initiative, the Old Exchange Building on East Bay Street and the Ashley River Memorial Bridge will be lighting up red for the month of February.
National Wear Red Day local events below:
MUSC Go Red Day
Friday, Feb. 3
9:30 – 11:30 am
Ashley River Tower
*”Human Heart” formed at 11 am.
MUSC Babies Go Red
Friday, Feb. 3, 11 am
MUSC well baby nursery
All babies will receive red caps to wear in honor of National Wear Red Day
3rd Annual MUSC Go Red 5k
Saturday, Feb. 9, 9 am, Charleston Harbor Resort Marina
This annual walk/run aims to promote a heart-healthy lifestyle for the entire family while raising funds to support awareness, research, education and communication programs to benefit women. For more information visit www.muschealth.com/goredrun.
Paws Go Red
Sunday, Feb. 24, 1:30 – 3:30 pm, James Island County Park, Wappoo Shelter
Pet Helpers, the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Campaign and MUSC Heart & Vascular Center team up at the James Island County Park for heart health screenings for dogs and their owner! Followed by a short walk, dogs will be judged for a Go Red costume competition! For more information about the event contact Pet Helpers at LLipsey@pethelpers.org.
Go Red for Women Luncheon
Wednesday, April 24, 10:30 am – 1 pm, Riviera Theatre
Networking luncheon with breakout sessions focused on women and healthy living. This year’s keynote speaker, Dr. Ann Kulze, will speak on nutrition, healthy living, and disease prevention. Proceeds benefit American Heart Association’s women and heart disease research and education.
About the American Heart Association
Founded in 1924, we’re the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. To help prevent, treat and defeat these diseases — America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers — we fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit heart.org.