Support National Wear Red Day and American Heart Month

Greenwich residents can commemorate American Heart Month and share their support for women’s heart disease awareness by wearing red on Friday, Feb. 7.

It’s a national movement that each and every citizen can participate in simply by wearing the color red. Heart disease is often mistaken to be a predominant killer of men, but not women. However, more than one in three female adults has some form of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and since 1984, the number of CVD deaths for females exceeded those for males. Today it takes more women’s lives than any other disease.

To support the need to take control of one’s health in Greenwich, public health nurses will offer blood pressure screenings on Friday, Feb. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Town Hall lobby and from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Division of Family Health located on the third floor of Town Hall. Red dress pins, information about risk factors for heart disease and handouts about healthy nutrition will also be distributed.

Wear Red Day vouchers will be available for free total cholesterol screenings by the Department of Health Laboratory.

“For over a decade, tremendous strides have been made by encouraging women to take ownership of their health and 34% fewer women die from heart disease.” said Deborah Travers, the director of the town’s Division of Family Health. She invites all of Greenwich to celebrate the 11th birthday of Go Red for Women by “knowing your risk, living healthy, getting involved and wearing red!”

The American Heart Association sponsors National Wear Red Day. For more information about Women’s Heart Health and National Wear Red Day, call the Greenwich Department of Health at 203-622-6495 or visit Goredforwomen.org.

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