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American Heart Association asks local business to 'go red'

American Heart Association asks local business to 'go red'
SPRINGFIELD — It's almost time to "go red" for the American Heart Association. Local businesses are being encouraged to join National Wear Red Day for Women on Feb. 4.
Hundreds of local businesses, hospitals, towns and schools have already signed up to wear red to help raise awareness and funds to fight the No. 1 killer of women — cardiovascular disease. Participants wear red, donate $5 to join the "Go Red For Women" movement and receive a red dress pin.
The 8th Annual American Heart Association's National Wear Red Day is an easy, powerful way to speak up and show support for "Go Red For Women" — the American Heart Association's solution to save women's lives. "Go Red For Women" invites women to make it their mission to help save lives by telling five women from their personal network that they want them to live.
Almost 440,000 women die annually from cardiovascular diseases. That's more female lives taken than from the next four causes of death combined, including all cancers. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women age 25 and older and stroke is the No. 3 killer of women, as women account for 61 percent of all stroke deaths annually.
The American Heart Association "Go Red For Women" movement is about turning around these statistics. Women can find important health tips at www.goredforwomen.org including online tools and health assessments such as "My Life Check."
To support women's heart health, the American Heart Association will host its annual "Go Red For Women" educational forum and luncheon on Feb. 15th. The event will feature educational breakout sessions, a survivor speaker, keynote speaker Dr. Marie Savard — one of the most trusted voices on women's heart health, a heart healthy lunch and more.
Yankee Candle Co. has made a commitment to serve as the "Go Red For Women" cause sponsors in the Western Massachusetts region. This partnership will help to bring awareness and funding to the women in Western Mass to fight the number one killer of women — heart disease.
Participants can go red on Feb. 4 by wearing a red dress, scarf, jacket, shirt, tie, hat or other item in support of all women who have been touched by heart disease or stroke.
For more information about National Wear Red Day and to sign up your company or organization, call the American Heart Association at 735-2103.

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