Heart disease is the #1 killer of American women, but many women do not realize they are at risk. To make women more aware of the danger of heart disease, Munroe Regional Medical Center has formed "Women in Red."
The mission of Munroe's Women in Red is important: To provide women with the facts about heart disease and promote heart health.
Women in Red seeks to:
- Increase awareness that heart disease is the #1 killer of women.
- Increase awareness that having risk factors can lead to heart disease, disability or death.
- Encourage women to talk to their doctors about heart disease risk factors and to take action to prevent or control these risk factors.
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The American Heart Association, and other organizations committed to women’s health, adopted the symbol of the Red Dress to create synergy among all organizations committed to women's health and raising awareness about heart health. Working together for this important cause, all women’s health groups will have a greater impact than any one group could have alone to get the message out: Heart Disease Doesn't Care What You Wear - It's the #1 Killer of Women.
For more information on the signs of a heart attack, watch Elizabeth Banks, GoRed director and star of a short film, “Just a Little Heart Attack” at GoRedForWomen.org.
In January 2012 a group of Munroe volunteers got together for a special photo shoot. View the Women In Red gallery on Facebook of the women preparing for the photoshoot. The photo was entered in the the Wear Red Day Challenge sponsored by the American Heart Association, GoRed. The finished product is the Women in Red, Promoting Heart Health booklet. At a special event in February, inspirational and motivational speaker, Ginger Zimmerman, told her heart story.
For more information about Munroe's Women in Red, please call the Health Resource Line at (352) 867-8181, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.