Wear Red Day reminds women of heart disease risk

Posted: Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer for women in Alaska and the United States. To help women take better care of their hearts, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium WISEWOMAN Women’s Health, Diabetes and Lifestyle Balance programs are joining millions of Americans in the celebration of National Wear Red Day on Feb. 4.

In Juneau, the three programs are teaming up to host “The Heart Truth” Red Food Potluck Luncheon at noon on Feb. 4, at the Ethel Lund Medical Center Conference Room. Women and men are encouraged to bring their favorite heart-healthy red dishes (red salmon, red beans, tomatoes, cherries, strawberries, cranberries, etc.) and wear red clothes to this event. In addition to door prizes and a contest for the best healthy red food dish, Doreen Lingley-Nathlaang will speak about her experiences as a survivor of heart disease.

One in two women will die of heart disease or stroke, while just one in 25 women will die of breast cancer. Heart disease kills more women than the next five leading causes of death, including all cancers combined. Heart disease also is the leading cause of death for people with diabetes. National Wear Red Day celebrations raise awareness of this risk and give them the tools women need to lead healthier lives. ?

For more information about this event, contact Sarah Paddock of the SEARHC Lifestyle Balance diabetes prevention program at 364-4459. To learn more about women and heart disease, call the SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program at 364-4451 in Juneau or (888) 388-8782 outside Juneau, or go ton.org http://www.goredforwome/wearredday/.



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