‘Go red’ on Feb. 3
Heart disease is the number one killer of women. In fact, 500,000 women die yearly from heart disease, double the number of women who die from all forms of cancer combined. Yet most women continue to focus on cancer as the greatest risk to their health and need to pay more attention to their hearts.
UPMC has partnered with the American Heart Association (AHA) to sponsor the 2006 Go Red for Women campaign, an ongoing effort to raise awareness of heart disease and heart health among women.
A key part of this effort is Wear Red Day — this year, Friday, Feb. 3. Men and women alike are urged to wear red as a sign of awareness of the importance of heart health for women.
The AHA kickoff to the day is a heart health awareness event at the PPG Wintergarden in downtown Pittsburgh from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. UPMC will provide information tables on stroke, diabetes, and nutrition; UPMC South Side will provide blood pressure screening; and UPMC Health Plan will staff a table about smoking cessation.
The AHA is asking businesses to “dress” their buildings in red with banners or lights, and to encourage their employees to wear red and to purchase pins in the shape of a red dress for a $5 donation to the AHA.
The AHA is supplying UPMC Pittsburgh-area hospitals with banners, posters, table tents, and red dress pins. Call Faye Farmerie at 412-824-3122 ext. 6144 for more information.
Watch Extra! and Inside Extra! for updates about the 2006 Go Red for Women campaign.