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January 28, 2011

National Wear Red Day Is Feb. 4

Oswego - Too few women realize that heart disease is their No. 1 killer and are taking action to prevent it. But the good news is that heart disease can largely be prevented. For that reason, the American Heart Association and the Oswego County Health Department encourage women to improve their heart health while taking action to fight women's heart disease.

National Wear Day is Friday, Feb. 4. Millions of Americans will be wearing red to show their support for women and the fight against heart disease. In an effort to generate awareness and provide fundraising opportunities, more than 10,000 companies will participate in Wear Red Day events by donating $5 to wear red and jeans to work. Additionally, cities across the country will Go Red by illuminating monuments, landmarks and major buildings in red.

Women have tremendous power to reduce their risk of heart disease and lead a longer, healthier life, said Dr. Dennis Norfleet, Oswego County Director of Public Health.

"In fact," he said, "by doing just four things - eating right, being physically active, not smoking, and keeping a healthy weight - Americans can lower their risk by more than 80 percent."

Risk factors for heart disease include:

  • age (55 or older for women);

  • a family history of early heart disease;

  • high blood pressure;

  • high blood cholesterol;

  • diabetes;

  • smoking;

  • being overweight or obese; and

  • being physically inactive.

"Women need to get serious about heart disease and take control of their heart health, starting at an early age," said Dr. Norfleet. "Younger women need to take steps now, like eating a healthy diet and being physically active, to help prevent heart disease later."

For more information how to prevent heart disease, please call the Oswego County Health Department at 349-3547 or visit www.goredforwomen.org/

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