Harrison County Go Red Committee plans heart disease awareness events in February

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February is American Heart Month and the Harrison County Go Red for Women Committee is doing its part to raise awareness of heart disease in women. Historically, women have not been associated with heart disease.However, statistics prove that heart disease is not just a man’s health concern. Here are a few facts:
•Heart disease is the number one killer of American women.
•One in three women dies from heart disease.
•About three million American women have had a heart attack.
•Cardiovascular disease kills nearly half a million women a year.    
The campaign urges women to know the risk factors: smoking, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, overweight, physical inactivity, diabetes, family history and age (for women 55 and older).Having more than one risk factor increases your chances of developing heart disease.Women are encouraged to have a heart disease risk assessment as early as age 20.
Starting Feb. 1 the committee is sponsoring Paint the Town Red. All businesses are encouraged to display red in windows or on buildings during the month.
Friday, Feb. 3 is National Wear Red Day. The committee is also sponsoring Wear Red to School Day on Feb. 3. We are encouraging all residents to wear red on that day to promote heart disease awareness.If your school, employees or groups participate in this event, the committee encourages you to submit photos for the celebration event on Feb. 28. Photos may be submitted to Harrison Memorial Hospital (HMH), c/o Christy.Hall, 1210 Ky. Hwy. 36 E, Cynthiana, KY 41031 or at chall@hmhosp.org.    
Another day to keep in mind is Sunday, Feb. 12 - Wear Red to Church Day. Church ministers received information and statistics about heart disease from the committee. The committee would like to use pictures for its Go Red for Women Celebration. Please send photos to Harrison Memorial Hospital, c/o Cathy Muntz, 1210 Ky. Hwy. 36 E, Cynthiana, KY  41031 or at cmuntz@hmhosp.org.
The final event of the month is on Monday, Feb. 27, everyone is encouraged to attend the annual Harrison County Go Red Celebration to be held at the Cynthiana Christian Church from 5-6:30 p.m. At this year’s event, HMH cardiologist, Dr. Nezar Falluji, will be the featured speaker at 5:30 p.m. There will be giveaways, door prizes and free refreshments will be available. The first 125 people receive a free recipe book.
The Harrison County Go Red Committee is comprised of several members from various organizations and volunteers from the community.  Organizations sponsoring the events are Bowlers That’s Us, Harrison County Extension Office, CHP Wellness Committee, Harrison County Homemakers, Harrison County School System, Harrison Memorial Hospital, Hospice of the Bluegrass, and Wedco District Health Department.
If you would like to have someone speak to your organization about heart disease and/or more information about the local events, contact Mollie Smith at Harrison Memorial Hospital at 859-235-3510. If you would like additional information about a healthier heart visit www.hearttruth.gov.