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Go Red for Women and Raise Awareness for Heart Month

It’s time to “Rock the Red!” February is recognized as National Heart Month – and area residents are encouraged to recognize this special month in several ways.


Jefferson Community Health Center will offer a special Health Today educational session on Friday, Feb. 5, featuring a program on Coronary Artery Disease by Dr. Dale Hansen of the Bryan Heart Institute. The program is free and open to the public. It will begin at 12:20 p.m. in the JCHC Conference Room (please use the main entrance.) Participants may bring their lunch, or purchase lunch in the JCHC cafeteria.


Feb. 5 is also Wear Red day. Everyone is encouraged to wear red in support of raising awareness for heart disease.


During all of February Jefferson Community Health Center and the Go Red for Women committee challenge area residents to “light it up red.” Raise awareness for heart disease by changing out some of your outdoor lightbulbs, such as porch lights, to red bulbs.


The Second Annual American Heart Association Go Red for Women Celebrity Waiter Dinner will be held on Saturday Feb. 27, 2016, at the Tasting Room in Fairbury. The event will feature local gentleman as our celebrity waiters whose only goal is ensuring a good time and collecting the most in tips from their table of guests.  The program consists of two speakers; a woman whose life was changed due to heart disease and a nationally known humorist.  The evening includes a raffle, auction, food, fun and lots of festivities!  Tickets for the event are available at JCHC, Stagecoach Mall or by contacting Erin Starr at 402-587-0495.    A limited number of tickets are available and will be sold individually or in groups of 4, 6 or 8. All proceeds from the event are donated to the American Heart Association.


Women will begin gathering at the Tasting Room for a social hour at 5:00 p.m. where they can view the raffle items, purchase raffle tickets, enjoy a glass of wine, and have their picture taken with friends and family. Dinner will be served by the celebrity waiters at 6:00 p.m. followed by the program and conclude with the raffle and auction.


According to the American Heart Association, one out of every three deaths among women in the U.S. each year is attributed to cardiovascular diseases including heart disease and stroke, making it the No. 1 killer of women in this country and causing more fatalities than all forms of cancer combined. However, only one in five American women believes that heart disease is her greatest health threat. Go Red for Women is an effort to raise awareness of heart disease and empower women with the necessary tools to lead heart healthy lives.


An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by cardiovascular disease, resulting in over 400,000 deaths each year, according to the American Heart Association.  The symptoms of cardiovascular disease, such as shortness of breath, nausea, back pain and sweating, can be easy to miss and sometimes not outwardly apparent, causing it to be known as a “silent killer.” However, by knowing the risk factors and taking simple steps like stop smoking, regular physical activity, eating a heart healthy diet and blood pressure monitoring, women can decrease their chances of heart illness.

Heart disease claims the life of nearly one woman in the United States every minute; however, many women continue to falsely believe the disease is one that just targets men or the elderly and don’t take enough action to reduce their personal risk. The American Heart Association established “Go Red For Women” in 2004 to encourage women to know their risk factors and adopt healthy lifestyle practices to help prevent heart disease.  Since the creation of the program, more than two million women have participated by taking the “Go Red Heart Check Up” and an estimated 627,000 lives have been saved.

For more information on heart health or the February heart month activities, please contact Erin Starr or Jill Duis at Jefferson Community Health Center at (402) 729-3351.

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