TBHC Hosts "Wear Red Day" Campaign Feb 4, 2005


TBHC Hosts "Wear Red Day" Campaign Feb 4, 2005

January 7, 2005

This coming February 4 th marks the 2 nd annual National Wear Red Day for Women! If you're uncertain as to what the significance of this day is, it is a national campaign where people across America will be wearing red to show their support for women and the fight against heart disease. Join the millions of women, including this year's spokesperson, Grammy award-winning R&B singer Toni Braxton, who will wear red to help raise awareness of heart disease as the number-one killer of women.

People won't be the only ones sporting the color red on February 4 th - landmarks all over the country will 'Go Red For Women', including our own Empire State Building . Other famous landmarks include Graceland , the Niagara Falls , and the Seattle Space Needle, among other national sites that will be illuminated in red to raise awareness for this worthy cause.

Did you know that less than 10% of American women know that heart disease is their leading cause of death, and that one in two women will die from heart disease? Approximately 90% of woman surveyed couldn't even name the common signs of heart attack, such as nausea, fatigue and dizziness. But wearing red is only the beginning - you've got to start living a healthier lifestyle to protect your heart. Your doctor can help you to create a plan to reduce your risk, including a heart-healthy diet, appropriate exercise, and even medication, if necessary. The bottom line? You can protect yourself! For more information about risk factors and ways of preventing heart disease, visit The American Heart Association on the web at www.americanheart.org.

Wear Red Day is TBHC 's chance to increase awareness among our employees, friends and families by sharing statistics and information about cardiovascular disease and heart health. Our intent is not only to raise awareness, but to empower women to reduce their risk. Wear Red Day is loads of fun, but more importantly, those who participate will make a real difference in protecting not only our own community, but people throughout America from disability and death from the leading killer - cardiovascular disease.

The Brooklyn Hospital Center encourages employees to show their support by wearing their choice of red business-appropriate attire and join the battle against heart disease in America 's women. All participants will also be asked to make a minimum donation of $5. Participants will receive a Red Dress pin and life-saving information, along with stickers and a receipt acknowledging their participation. More importantly, though, they will experience a heartfelt feeling just knowing that their donations have made a big difference!

Narinder P. Bhalla, MD
April Lackey
Email: apl9002@nyp.org
Phone: 718-250-6383


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