HAMILTON, NJ --  Hamilton Township and Mercer County government offices will "Go Red" once again on Friday as part of a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of Women's Heart Health with municipal employees wearing red to help bring attention to this important health issue.  The Township also will be offering free blood pressure screenings for municipal employees

In addition, beginning that evening and throughout the weekend, the Hamilton Municipal Building and other Township buildings will be illuminated red.

“According to the AHA, heart disease and stroke account for 1 in 3 deaths among women each year. It is vital for our community to do its part in lowering these sobering statistics,” said Mayor Jeff Martin.  “The good news is that there are proactive steps women can take to manage their risk factors.  As part of our preventative awareness and education of heart disease, the Division of Health will be offering blood pressure screenings for all Township employees this Friday.”

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The ‘Go Red for Women’ initiative was started by the American Heart Association (AHA) in 2004 to dispel the myth that cardiovascular disease was a man’s disease and to raise awareness of heart disease & stroke as the number one killer of women. Statistics indicate that cardiovascular disease kills approximately the same number of women as all forms of cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease and diabetes combined.  Nearly 48 percent of African-American women are affected by heart disease; and it is the second leading cause of death for Hispanic women.

In the Mercer County announcement in support of awareness program, it was noted that the "It’s no longer just about wearing red; it’s no longer just about sharing heart health facts. It’s about all women making a commitment to stand together with Go Red and taking charge of their own heart health as well as the health of those they can’t bear to live without."

“I hope all of our residents will join us in wearing red on Friday, February 7th to promote women’s heart health awareness and help save the lives of even more women all across our community, “said Martin.

The ‘Go Red for Women’ initiative encourages women to take control of their health by learning that there are risk factors that can be managed.  Nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented through healthy diet, regular physical activity, managing diabetes, and quitting smoking.  It is recommended that women schedule routine medical physicals including checks on blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and body mass index. 

More information on the risks of heart disease and ways to lower it, go to GoRedForWomen.org.

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