CARMEL, N.Y. - Despite the rainy, cold weather, dozens of Putnam County employees, from commissioners to clerks, came out on Go Red Day last week to honor Honorable Judge James Reitz who passed away suddenly from a heart attack last June.

His widow, Barbara, joined the group in support of Go Red Day, which is the first Friday of every February—American Heart Month. Every year, from coast to coast, Americans unite for a common goal—the eradication of heart disease and stroke. The slogan, Go Red for Women, calls attention to the fact that more women die every year of heart diseases than all cancers combined.

The overarching message is to encourage everyone to spread the word and get your numbers checked. A basic annual physical and blood work should check your heart rate, blood pressure, and cholesterol.

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In April, residents will have the opportunity to join the 2020 Putnam Heart Walk, which will also honor Judge Reitz. Walkers can recognize him further by joining the community team called “Honoring Our Heart, Remembering Judge James F. Reitz.” The event will take place on Sunday, April 26, at 9 a.m. at Brewster High School. Walking is a heart-healthy exercise and participants can join this community team or create their own. Either way, they will be joining with the American Heart Association to create a world of longer, healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke by participating, fundraising, volunteering or sponsoring the Heart Walk. To learn more, visit and register.

Article courtesy of County Health Department