Nassau County residents join their counterparts across Long Island this Friday, February 1st, to focus attention on and raise funds to fight the nation’s number one killer of women: cardiovascular disease. Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano will light the dome of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building red tonight in recognition of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) National Wear Red Day.
National Wear Red Day, which marks its 10th Anniversary this year, supports events throughout the area in an effort to draw attention to and educate the public about the dangers associated with cardiovascular disease.
County Executive Mangano stated, “It is imperative that the message be reiterated time and again that cardiovascular disease kills and women are the primary victims. Women account for approximately 61 percent of all stroke deaths annually and heart disease is the number one killer of women age 25 and older. We need to make every effort we can to turn these statistics around and that can only be done through research and education.”
County Executive Mangano, who has made health and fitness a priority during his tenure, said the AHA’s Go Red For Women campaign – sponsored by Macy’s and Merck - urges women to take charge of their health. County employees are encouraged to wear red on February 1st, and to make a donation of $5 or more to support research that helps ensure women are represented in clinical studies. Each participant will receive a Go Red For Women pin or sticker to wear as well as receive information about making healthy choices.
Since 2004, Go Red For Women has contributed $44 million to research focused on women and funded life-saving educational programs and tools for physicians. Additional information about National Wear Red Day and Go Red For Women is available by calling 1-888-694-3278 or visiting www.GoRedForWomen.org.