Rhode Island Monthly Go Red 2011 : Page 4

What is Go Red? I am proud to serve as Chair of the 2011 Southern New England Go Red For Women Campaign . To me this choice was simple… too many women die each year because they are unaware that heart disease is their No. 1 killer. The Go Red For Women Campaign is the American Heart Association’s national call to increase awareness of heart disease — the leading cause of death for women — and to inspire women to take charge of their heart health. Re-search shows that women who “Go Red” are more likely to make healthy choices such as exercising, eating right and checking their cholesterol. Throughout Southern New England and across the nation, Go Red is making a difference and is empowering women to act. Though we have made great strides, we still have far to go. We need your help now so that our daughters, sisters and mothers have a chance to fight this disease. By sharing a commitment to speak up, spread the word and support re-search, we can continue to help save lives. Go Red For Women is more than a message. It’s a nationwide movement that celebrates the energy, passion and power we have as women to band together and wipe out our No. 1 killer. The good news is that heart disease is highly preventable. And, thanks to the participation of millions of people across the country, the color red has become linked with the ability all women have to choose heart health and live stronger, longer lives. Using the American Heart Association’s research and resources, Go Red For Women educates and connects hundreds of thousands of women with knowledge, and offers tools to help women make lifesaving choices—choices to protect their health and take positive action to reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke. Why Take Action? ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women age 20 and over, killing approximately one woman every minute. More women die of heart disease than the next four causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer. 1 in 3 American women die of heart disease, compared to 1 in 30 women that die of breast cancer. 90% of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease. 80% percent of cardiac events in women may be prevented if they make the right choices for their hearts involving diet, exercise and abstinence from smoking. Go Red… for yourself and for those you love! GO RED FOR WOMEN 2011 Why Go Red? Research shows that women who Go Red are more likely to make healthy choices. ‹ More than one-third have lost weight. ‹ Nearly 50% have increased their exercise. ‹ 6 out of 10 have changed their diets. ‹ More than 40% have checked their cholesterol levels. ‹ One-third have talked with their doctors about developing heart-health plans. Sincerely, Kathleen C. Hittner, MD Senior Vice President, Community Health Lifespan ©2010, American Heart Association. Also known as the Heart Fund. TM Go Red trademark of AHA, Red Dress trademark of DHHS. 4

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