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Go Red for Women Campaign

February 2, 2016 | Posted by Community Relations



Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women?  It is more lethal to women than all cancers combined, one in three women’s deaths are related to heart disease – that means approximately one woman dies per minute in the United States from heart disease.  This is the definition of an epidemic; fortunately, there are often warning signs and risk factors that can help you determine whether you or a loved one are at risk for heart disease.


Risk factors for heart disease in women include, but are not limited to: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high body mass index, limited physical activity, family history of heart disease, diabetes, large waist circumference, high stress level, smoking, and drinking alcohol on a regular basis (more than one drink per day).  An average adult should be physically active at least 30-60 minutes per day three times each week, have his/her blood pressure and cholesterol checked on a regular basis (consult your physician for specific guidelines), keep a body mass index within the “normal” range (as described for your age and height on a standard BMI chart), and reduce stress level.


To help promote awareness for women’s heart health, we will be giving away one Coronary Risk Profile (screening) and a three month pass to the Wellness Center at Boyd Hospital.  Friday, February 5, 2016 is National Wear Red for Women Day and we want you to join Boyd Healthcare Services in an effort to raise awareness for women’s health.  We are inviting everyone in Greene County and surrounding areas to wear red and support the cause by posting a photo of your red on our Facebook page with the hashtag #boydgoesred.


All businesses and individuals that participate in this event will be entered to win the full cardiac risk profile at Boyd Hospital and one three month pass to the Wellness Center at Boyd Hospital.  For full inclusion, if you do not have access to Facebook or a camera, you are welcome to stop by the registration desk at Boyd Hospital from 8am-5pm on February 5, 2016 wearing red to be entered in the drawing.


If you would like more information about this National movement, please visit the website or call Sarah Schmidt, Boyd Healthcare Services Community Relations Director, at (217)942-6946 for more information about this event.


We hope that you will join Boyd Healthcare Services in raising awareness for women’s heart health by wearing red on February 5, 2016; you never know when it could be your Mother, Sister, Wife, or Friend that is saved by your knowledge and advocacy.