Wear Red Day reminds women of heart disease risk

Posted: Saturday, January 31, 2009

SITKA - 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's WISEWOMAN program is joining millions of Americans in the celebration of National Wear Red Day on Feb. 6.

One in two women will die of heart disease or stroke, while 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.

National Wear Red Day celebrations teach women about this risk and give them the tools they need to lead healthier lives. Geared specifically for women, the symbol for Wear Red Day is the red dress pin. By wearing the pin or just by wearing red on Feb. 6, you send a message that you support women in their fight against heart disease.

The WISEWOMAN program is designed to provide any woman age 30-64 of limited income or insurance the health services she needs to prevent cardiovascular and other chronic diseases. These services are part of a regular, annual women's health exam and include clinical screening and follow-up for cardiovascular risks and support for making lifestyle changes. Services are available in Haines, Juneau, Sitka, Kake, Angoon and Klawock, as well as other Southeast communities.

Contact the SEARHC WISEWOMAN program with questions about support and eligibility in your community. For details of specific activities in your SEARHC community, call 1-888-388-8782 (toll-free in Alaska).

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