NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ-- Hundreds of women stopped by Saint Peter’s University Hospital on Friday, Feb. 2, for Go Red Day.
During the nationwide event, women from across the country wear red to raise awareness and funds for women's coronary health.
Saint Peter's, to get involved every year, holds free nutrition counseling and health screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar.
This year, it expanded to the "Go Red Day Health Village," that included yoga demonstrations, chair massages and cooking demos and recipes from Elijah's Promise.
Local resident Eileen Thomas goes to Saint Peter's for the yearly event because it's convenient and easily accessible for her.
“This event has the normal person in mind. The person who doesn’t have time to go to regular screenings or listen to long lectures about good health," Thomas said. "I think women, especially, don’t take time to go to the doctor’s. They’re too busy with jobs and families and as women we need to take time for ourselves and our health.”
Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S., leading to one in every three deaths each year, according to the American Heart Association.
The disease doesn't affect every woman the same way, according to the AHA, adding that symptoms among men and women are vastly different.
"You have to know your numbers. Know your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol. You should stay active and make better food choices to give a big boost in your personal health," said Marge Drost, health services director at Saint Peter's.
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