SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Borough of South Plainfield employees participated in the National Wear Red Day for Women on Friday, February 06, 2015. Wear Red Day is a national awareness movement initiated by the American Heart Association to highlight the number one cause of death among women: heart disease, stroke and all other cardiovascular diseases.
On Friday, many of the borough employees wore red and contributed to the Go Red for Women initiative by purchasing dress pins for $5.00. The money that was raised is to be used towards to help raise awareness of heart disease and strokes. This is the third year the borough has participated in this initiative. At the council meeting on February 2, 2015, Mayor Anesh recognized the importance of the ongoing fight against heart disease and stroke through a proclamation. February 6, 2015 was the 12th anniversary of National Wear Red Day for Women.
American Heart Association stats on women and heart disease:
· Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined.
· Heart disease causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.
· An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease.
· 90% of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
· Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease.
· The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women and men, and are often misunderstood.
· While 1 in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 dies of heart disease.
· Only 1 in 5 American women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat.
· Women comprise only 24 percent of participants in all heart-related studies.
For the past three years, Anne Daley, confidential assistant to the Mayor organized the event. “This is an important campaign and I’m happy to see so many of the employee’s participate each year” stated Daley. “The employees really seem to enjoy it.”
Mayor Anesh and Council President White attended the event wearing their red and thanking the employees for participating. “It is great that each year the borough is able to be part of a nationwide effort to raise awareness of heart disease in women,” said Anesh. This year I will be matching the donations made by the employees for this great cause.”
“Heart disease is the number one killer of women,” said Council President Derryck White. “Wear Red for Women is a great way to allow everyone to participate in creating awareness during the month of February. However, it is important to remember heart disease does not stop and is a deadly assault on women throughout the year. It is crucial for all of us to remember to continually stand united against this threat to women everywhere.”
Daley reported she collected $190.00; the Mayor will be matching the funds when the donation is made to the American Heart Association.
For more information on the National Wear Red Day for Women and the Go Red initiative, go to www.goredforwomen.org. For additional information on heart disease, visit the American Heart Association’s website at www.heart.org.
National Wear Red Day is a registered trademark of the HHS and AHA.