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FOR RELEASE: January 27, 2005
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

“Go Red” for Women to Benefit Women’s Hearts
February is Heart Health Month

Employees at the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) are joining companies across the nation by wearing red on Friday, Feb. 4, to support the national Wear Red Day event and increase awareness of heart disease, the number one killer of women. Each day 11 Oklahoma women die of heart disease. Each year over 4,000 Oklahoma women die of heart disease.

Wear Red Day is a component of Go Red for Women, the American Heart Association’s national campaign and the “Heart’s Truth” National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s national campaign to raise awareness of heart disease in women and encourage women to take charge of their own health.

On Wear Red Day, OSDH employees can wear red and attend a rally at 10 a.m. to learn more about heart disease and how to prevent and control their risk. Employees will have an opportunity to fill out a tribute card in honor or in memory of those they love who have been affected by heart disease.

“We are committed to supporting organizations and programs that interest our employees. Since heart disease affects so many of our employees’ personal lives, Wear Red Day is a perfect fit,” said State Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Crutcher.

“Nearly 500 OSDH employees will participate in the campaign because for many of them heart disease is personal,” said Misty Worley, MPH, CHES, program manager of the Oklahoma Heart Disease and Stroke Health Program. “Wear Red Day is an opportunity for everyone to remember friends and family members who have suffered from the disease. It’s also a time to think about their own hearts and take charge of their own health,” Worley said.

American Heart Association President Dr. Alice K. Jacobs said, “The Oklahoma State Department of Health and agencies across the nation are really putting their passion into action by participating in the Wear Red Day Campaign. Their efforts are helping to heighten awareness and bring about positive change to defeat this major health threat.”

For more information about Wear Red Day, contact the nearest American Heart Association office, or call 1-888-MY-HEART, or contact the OSDH Chronic Disease Service at 405-271-4072.

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