Don’t forget to wear red on Friday
February 5, 2020
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Continuing with tradition, on Friday, February 7th, Hamilton Township will again join many across the nation in wearing red to promote awareness for Women’s Heart Health.
Hamilton Municipal Government employees will be wearing red to help bring attention to this important health issue. Beginning on Friday evening and continuing throughout the weekend, the Township Municipal Building and other Township buildings will be illuminated red.
The ‘Go Red for Women’ initiative was started by the American Heart Association (AHA) in 2004 to dispel the myth that cardiovascular disease was a man’s disease and to raise awareness of heart disease & stroke as the number one killer of women. Statistics indicate that cardiovascular disease kills approximately the same number of women as all forms of cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease and diabetes combined. When race and age are considered the statistics are even worse – nearly 48% of African-American women are affected by heart disease and it is the second leading cause of death for Hispanic women.
“According to the AHA, heart disease and stroke account for 1 in 3 deaths among women each year. It is vital for our community to do its part in lowering these sobering statistics.” says Mayor Jeff Martin. “The good news is that there are proactive steps women can take to manage their risk factors. As part of our preventative awareness and education of heart disease, the Division of Health will be offering blood pressure screenings for all Township employees this Friday.”
The ‘Go Red for Women’ initiative encourages women to take control of their health by learning that there are risk factors that can be managed. Nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented through healthy diet, regular physical activity, managing diabetes, and quitting smoking. The organization urges women to schedule routine medical physicals to learn their personal health numbers such as, blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and body mass index. To learn more on how you or your loved one can lower their risk for developing heart disease you can visit GoRedForWomen.org.
“I hope all of our residents will join us in wearing red on Friday, February 7th to promote women’s heart health awareness and help save the lives of even more women all across our community, “says Mayor Martin.